WASHINGTON, May 15 -

Mr. Speaker, this week we honor our local, state and federal law enforcement officers by recognizing National Police Week. From May 13-17, communities across the nation will hold ceremonies, honoring the peace officers who protect them and remembering those who lost their lives in the line of duty. We take one week a year to thank them for their service, but we are grateful year-round.

Peace officers have protected Americans for the last 221 years, but our nation has celebrated their service and remembered their sacrifices since 1962 when President John F. Kennedy first proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Nearly one million peace officers serve our communities selflessly nationwide. Every day, these brave men and women put on their uniform, pin on their badge and put themselves in harm's way. Their daily job is to protect our communities, our lives and our property. When the outlaws--the drug dealers, child molesters, wife beaters, robbers, bandits, murderers and street terrorists--threaten our communities, peace officers are the first ones to track them down. With their service, comes risk and sacrifice. We remember the 120 officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives last year while in the line of duty. Peace officers separate us from the outlaws. They separate anarchy from law and order. They help bring justice to crime victims, and peace to communities that crime has affected. We must support our peace officers because they support us, the home-front. And that's just the way it is.