The week of May 9th to May 15th is recognized around the country as National Police Week. This tradition of recognizing the service and sacrifice of law enforcement began in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace Officer’s Memorial Day and National Police Week. National Peace Officer’s Day, which falls on May 15th every year, honors law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. National Police Week is set aside each year to recognize the significant contributions and extraordinary work by law enforcement in keeping our communities safe.
A total of 41 law enforcement officers have died on duty while serving Vermonters. The risks of this profession are a constant concern and present in every town in Vermont. Your willingness to rush to intervene in instances of domestic violence, shootings, assaults, burglaries, robberies, and other crimes deserves gratitude.
According to national statistics, 295 American law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2020. 182 of them died of COVID, which they contracted while on duty, serving their communities. This is a stark reminder of the level of dedication and good work police officers selflessly perform every day in this country. Your work stands in sharp contrast with officers who unlawfully choose to abuse their authority and betray their oath. Despite the calls for defunding of the police in other communities, we enjoy immense support from the citizens of South Burlington.
To learn more about Police Week, visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.