On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 57 hours. In all, more than 19,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791.
Next week, National Police Week, will be a time to reflect on the heroes that ensure our communities are safe. This includes honoring the growing Teamster contingent of correctional officers, correctional probation officers and those in related fields.
“Our members who work in correctional institutions, as well as those who monitor offenders when released, are steadfast in their role of keeping our communities safe,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “Each of us has an obligation to be an advocate for those who serve and protect us, and the Teamsters will continue fighting for the passage of laws that provide for superior pay and benefits.”
The justice system would be incomplete were it not for the valiant efforts exhibited on a daily basis by these brave men and women who perform this vital function at the local, county, state and federal levels.
“We must also realize that one of the best ways to guarantee we maintain a professional and courageous corrections workforce is to demand that public safety be the first priority,” said Michael Filler, Director of the Teamsters Public Services Division.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
There are many events and activities planned in D.C. and around the country for National Police Week, which you can find here.