Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announces today that his legislation, H. Res 1299, honoring National Peace Officers Memorial Day unanimously passed the US House of Representatives, 395-0.
Each year, the President issues a Proclamation naming May 15th as National Peace Officer Memorial Day. Congressman Poes resolution honors federal, state, and local law enforcement officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty and calls upon the people of the United States to observe such a day with appropriate ceremonies and respect.
We are grateful for the selfless service of this nations law enforcement officers, said Poe. In the process of protectingus andmaking our communities a safer place,law enforcement officersoften put themselves in harms way. They protect our lives and our property regardless of the dangers to themselves. As a result, many tragically lose their lives in the line of duty.
There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement offices serving in the United States. In 2009 alone, 125 officers were killed while serving their communities. More than 18,600 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty since the first recorded police death in 1792.
A quote by President George H.W. Bush is engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC that states that it is an officers continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream.
I applaud my colleagues in Congress for their unanimous support of this resolution, continued Poe. This yearly tribute to law enforcement officers provides each of us with an opportunity to honor those who lost their lives while protecting the citizens of this country.
Congressman Poe is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus. As a former criminal court judge and prosecutor for over 30 years in Houston, Texas, Poe is recognized nationally for his creative sentencing of criminals and as a dedicated advocate for victims, children and law enforcement agencies.