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.
In honor of National Police Week, we asked our Bates Ambassadors to share what it means to them.
“Police officers take risks and secure the safety of fellow citizens, and they endure such risks and tolerate such inconveniences on behalf of strangers. Consequently, police work is one of the more noble and selfless occupations in society. Making a difference in the quality of life is an opportunity that policing provides – and few other professions can offer.” – International Association of Chiefs of Police
“As we enter into Police Week, I’m reminded of all the courageous men and women who gave their lives to protect their community. I’m reminded that life can be fleeting, and I should appreciate every hour I’m still able to serve in their memory. I’m reminded to learn from their tragedy and avoid potential dangers and complacency as I serve my city. I’m reminded of their grief-stricken families who face the turmoil of not saying goodbye before the start of a shift. I’m reminded to thank the people around me for providing my cover and valuable resources so I may make it home safely. I’m reminded that the majority of citizens appreciate law enforcement, and will one day call upon us in a state of emergency. I’m reminded protecting others is a choice we make, and I’ll continue to make that choice until I’m no longer able to.” – Officer Hawk
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