White House goes blue to honor nation's police officers

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

A report released Monday at the beginning of National Police Week said 2016 was the most risky year for members of the nation's law enforcement in five years, the Washington Examiner reported.

Bainbridge Public Safety says it should be more than just a holiday to support and honor officers past and present. We found out last summer, when a lot of officers were being killed (around the nation), our Pierre community really rallied around us.

"Many members of the public have supported policing during the times when officers and staff lose their lives on duty, whether within this force of nationally". It began when President Kennedy established May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962, and a joint resolution of Congress established the rest of the week as national police week.

"It's nice to see the community support for law enforcement", said Brandi Erickson, whose husband, Justin, serves on the North Platte Police Department.

Even though the APD has not had an officer killed in the line of duty, Chief Paul Register said the division grieves with the other agencies that have lost officers. "After all, it is their sacrifice that is the ultimate display of honor".

May 15 signifies National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is used to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

"It is because you do your job so well that we can brag about the fact that we're one of the safest communities in the state who provides good care and protection and service for our citizens", he said. "As first responders, you put your life on the line for us every day, and we realize that and we feel that".

The police officers were quick to turn the praise right back around to the people they serve.

"This is a service that we wish we never had to participate in", Scott said. "As long as I'm president, you will always find an open door to the White House". They're doing it because they're dedicated, and they're doing it because they're professional. "Please, take time this week to thank your local officers and their families for their sacrifices and commitment to your community". The awards recognize college or university, municipal, county or state law enforcement officers who go the extra mile.

Fallen local officers include Smith County sheriff's deputies David Neal and James Holden, who were killed in a shootout September 27, 1851, when family members attempted to break a man out of jail being held for attempted murder.

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