Senate Passes Leahy-Authored Resolution Commemorating National Peace Officers Memorial Day

Senate Resolution Honors Officers, Including Vermonters, Lost In The Line Of Duty

WASHINGTON (Friday, May 11, 2012) – The Senate Thursday night adopted a resolution authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to commemorate the service of law enforcement officers across the country and honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty in the last year.  The Senate adopted the resolution in advance of Police Week, an annual remembrance of those officers killed in the line of duty.  The Leahy-authored resolution recognizes May 15, 2012, as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. 

Next week, law enforcement officers from across the country will come to Washington, D.C., to commemorate Police Week.  Leahy has introduced resolutions recognizing National Peace Officers Memorial Day in the each of the past 15 Congresses. 

“To recognize the sacrifices of those lost in the line of duty, law enforcement officers and their families from across the United States will come to Washington next week to pay tribute and honor to these men and women.  And as I do each year, I will stand with them,” said Leahy.  “The safety of law enforcement officers across the United States should be something on which we can all agree.  I hope the quick passage of this resolution will lead to future bipartisan work on behalf of the men and women who work day after day to protect all of us.”

The resolution commends the service of law enforcement officers and strongly supports initiatives to reduce violent crime and increase the safety those in the line of duty.

Leahy has been a leader in the Senate in securing federal funding for law enforcement in Vermont to ensure officers would receive the best equipment and training to help fight crime.  Next week, the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Leahy chairs, will consider legislation to reauthorize the successful Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program to help state and local law enforcement agencies purchase lifesaving vests for officers in the field.  Leahy is the lead author of the law, which was first enacted in 1999 and which has helped state and local law enforcement agencies purchase nearly one million vests.  Jurisdictions in Vermont have been able to purchase more than 3600 vests through the program.

The first Peace Officers Memorial Day was designated in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating the day.

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