We Can Never Say Thank You Enough to Law Enforcement Officials

During National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, we are reminded of the service and sacrifice made by thousands of men and women who protect and serve us. They put others before themselves and we can never say “Thank you” enough.

In times of trouble and danger, we first turn to law enforcement for help. We seek help from dispatchers and uniformed officers who are there to help twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They often risk their lives so that we can be safe, yet we too often take their selfless service for granted.

In 2015, 42 police officers were shot and killed and a total of 129 officers died in the line of duty. So far in 2016, 66 officers have died in the line of duty and many more have been injured. We should never forget their sacrifice.

The list of those who serve include dispatch officers, Sheriff and deputies, Correction Officers, local Police Officers, State Troopers, Federal Agents, Tribal Officers, Conservation Officers, and Prosecutors. They represent the best of America and they are the true heroes of our society.

Law enforcement is an integral part of making sure crime victims are treated with fairness, respect, and dignity. We hear many positive stories from victims about law enforcement helping them when they need help the most.

When you see a Law Enforcement Official, please thank them for their service. It is the least we can do to show our respect and appreciation for their service.