To the Editor:
May 9-15, 2021, is Police Week. May 15, 2021, is Peace Officers Memorial Day. In case you missed this Presidential Proclamation:
Every day, we ask a great deal of the men and women of our Nation’s law enforcement agencies; from ensuring public safety, to serving as front-line workers, to responding to incidents involving domestic violence, substance use disorders, mental health challenges, and homelessness, often with limited resources. Every morning, our Nation’s law enforcement officers pin on a badge and go to work, not knowing what the day will bring, and hoping to come home safely. This year, even as the Covid-19 pandemic took a physical, mental, and emotional toll, our officers, deputies, and troopers demonstrated courage and dedication in continuing to support our communities. As we recognize Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty, and thank them on behalf of this grateful Nation for their service. Joseph Biden, President (May 7, 2021)
On Saturday, May 15, American flags are required to be flown at half-staff. It is the least we can do for all of the law enforcement officers who have killed in the line of duty this past year.