Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week. As we mark the beginning of National Police Week, I would encourage us all to offer appreciation and support for all of those who serve in our law enforcement community.
National Police Week is a time honor the commitment of those men and women who provide protection to us all. We should do all we can, collectively and individually, to let these public servants know we are indebted to them for their faithful and loyal devotion. They risk their lives daily to preserve law and order in our great land. It is their selfless service and sacrifice that affords all Americans the freedom and liberty that has made our Nation great.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund, 1,794 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty just in the past ten years. That is an average of one officer killed every 53 hours in the United States. Records of assaults on officers’ number almost 60,000, and over 16,000 sustain injuries. These are unacceptable and sobering statistics, and we must do more to support our police community and their families.
North Carolina is well served by our State Troopers, Sheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs, Municipal Officers and other state and local officers who serve with honor. They serve on the front lines every day, and we must equip them with the tools and resources needed to perform their duties well. They deserve our support, utmost respect, and appreciation for their service to communities all across our state.
For those who, through courageous deeds and service, have become disabled, and for those who gave their lives in the line of service, we will remember with gratitude your great sacrifice in the protection of others. Please join me in a renewed commitment to all law enforcement officers as we commemorate National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day.