Trump honors fallen police officers, vows to reduce violence

Community Remembers Fallen Protectors

Deputy Sean Cookson died late February when he and his wife, Cassandra - also a police officer - were on their way to law enforcement training when their vehicle was involved in a wreck.

"We are living through an era in which our police have been subject to unfair defamation", Trump said during the 36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol. "That's really important for family because they always have closure, but they always want to make sure their son or daughter who was killed in the line of duty is never forgotten".

The names of 394 officers that were killed in the line of duty were read out loud, 143 of those officers have died a year ago. "We give thanks for who these men and women were, and we celebrate what they did and what they stood for", said Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the service Saturday evening.

A procession of law enforcement officers after a Law Enforcement Memorial Service at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Buffalo on Monday May 15, 2017.

Bartlett police officers traveled to Washington D.C. and paid a visit to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

It is a time to let your local police officers know that you support them and care about their well-being as they protect and assist us 24/7, 365 days a year.

National Police Week is set aside each May to pay special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Trump criticized the rise of anti-police rhetoric, blaming it for creating a climate that contributed to violence against law enforcement officers. As each name was read, family members of the fallen officer received a rose from the department.

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