BIDEN Pays Tribute to Fallen Officers During National Police Week
In honor of National Police Week, U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, offered praise to law enforcement officers everywhere who risk their lives to protect our neighborhoods and country from crime:
"Last year we lost 181 law enforcement officers who gave their lives in service to their communities," said Sen. Biden. "Today, and this entire week, we thank our police officers, we remember those who paid the ultimate price in order to keep us safe, and we give comfort to the loved ones they have left behind."
In 1962, President Kennedy signed a proclamation declaring that the police officers of America "by their patriotic service and their dedicated efforts have earned the gratitude of the Republic," and designated the week of May 15th as National Police Week. Since that time, National Police Week has been a time when thousands gather together in communities across the nation to honor the sacrifices of our law enforcement officers. The 20th Annual Candlelight Vigil will be held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 in Washington. Fortunately, no Delawareans lost their lives in the line of duty last year.
"National Police Week is sacred in the eyes of law enforcement officers across the country," said Chief Mike Capriglione, President of the Delaware Police Chiefs Council. "While we were fortunate that no Delawareans lost their lives in the line of duty this past year, this week is an opportunity to acknowledge our fellow brothers and sisters who selflessly sacrificed their own lives in an effort to preserve order and safety in their neighborhood."
"Our police officers on the front lines live by the credo to protect and serve,'" added Sen. Biden. "Delawareans and all Americans owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to the officers who act with courage each day to keep our streets and families safe."