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This week, you will hear a great deal about National Police Week, and what it means to us in the law enforcement field and the families of the officers who serve in this capacity.
National Police Week was created in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week within which it falls as Police Week. Many of the events and activities associated with National Police Week are held in Washington, D.C., where homage is paid to those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Our law enforcement officers face many challenges. Within the last year, one of our highly trained investigators was injured in the line of duty.
This terrible event makes me realize the importance of National Police Week and the value of recognizing our deputies, police officers, highway patrol officers and correctional officers. These people put their lives on the line every day by putting on the uniform.
We often take for granted the work that our law enforcement officers do. More so, we fail to thank them for the work that they do from day to day.
As sheriff, I see these challenges and the troubles that are in our world today, and I often fail to recognize those out there protecting our families, businesses and our homes. I want to take this time to thank the officers who work to keep Lancaster County safe and the many contributions and personal sacrifices that each of you make to be a dedicated law enforcement officer.
The families of a law enforcement officer often make sacrifices, as well. There are many times an officer is called to protect citizens and must leave their families at home.
These personal sacrifices are appreciated, because without the understanding and dedication of the families, our officers could not do their jobs. Law enforcement officers are not in this line of work to receive personal recognition, but, they are law enforcement officers because they care about others and want the best for our communities. For this, each officer deserves our thanks.
Please take an opportunity to thank a deputy sheriff, police officer, highway patrol officer or corrections officer for their sacrifices.
Please join me in thanking our officers and troopers this week and let them know that we appreciate everything they do for us.