LANSING, Mich. — A resolution co-sponsored by Sen. Joseph Bellino to recognize May 14-20 as Police Week was approved Thursday by the Michigan Senate.
“Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe and respond in times of crisis — and they deserve our respect and deep appreciation,” said Bellino, R-Monroe. “Too often these brave men and women never return home. Police Week offers us an opportunity to honor and remember those who were killed in the line of duty. It also gives us a moment to thank our selfless law enforcement officers for all they do to help save lives in emergencies and protect our families.”
In 1962, to salute the dedication and sacrifice of law enforcement officers and their families, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week on which it falls as National Police Week.
Senate Resolution 48 says that there are more than 700,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the U.S, including about 17,000 full-time police officers in Michigan.
In 2022, 245 law enforcement officers were killed and many more assaulted in the line of duty across the country. The names of these dedicated public servants who made the ultimate sacrifice are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.