LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution sponsored by state Sen. Kim LaSata to recognize National Police Week in Michigan.
“It takes a special type of person to consider a career in law enforcement. The men and women in law enforcement deserve our appreciation and respect for everything they do to keep our communities safe and respond to those in need,” said LaSata, R-Niles. “Too few people understand what police officers go through on a daily basis to protect us. This resolution recognizes their dedication and lets those in the profession know we are grateful for what they do.”
President John F. 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.
Senate Resolution 141 recognizes this effort in Michigan and honors the state’s 17,000 full-time uniformed police officers. This year, National Police Week is May 15 – 21.
The resolution also honors those who unfortunately never made it home after their shift and recognizes the grief and sacrifices experienced by their family members.
So far this year, 92 officers were killed in the line of duty. The names of those who sacrificed their lives to protect those they serve are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. and in Michigan at the Michigan Law Enforcement Officer Memorial in Lansing.
“As we recognize those who put on their uniform every morning, we also need to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” LaSata said. “We can never display the gratitude these individuals deserve, and we can never thank their families enough. I wish we could do more, but one thing we can do is make sure their names are honored and never forgotten.”
Residents can see the names added to the national memorial this year at the 2022 Roll Call of Heroes from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.