National Police Week celebrated

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Police officers have one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. Countless officers across the state of Michigan serve their communities with valor and distinction and go above and beyond to keep residents safe — and those who take the courageous step into the law enforcement profession deserve our honor and respect.

In an effort to commemorate and recognize the dedication of officers across the U.S., President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

Police Week grants us time to reflect on, support and honor the service and sacrifice of our law enforcement officers. It’s a time to pay homage to those who serve our communities, and especially to those who never returned home after their shift. So far this year, 92 law enforcement officers have been killed and many more have been assaulted in the line of duty across the country. These heroes will never be forgotten, and I say a prayer for their families.

This year, Police Week runs until Saturday, May 21.

I encourage everyone to take a moment to thank our local police officers for all they do to keep us safe and for the sacrifices they and their families make on our behalf. It takes a special type of person to commit their life to protecting their community and they deserve this recognition and our gratitude.

To learn more, visit policeweek.org.

Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Niles, represents the 21st state Senate District, which includes all of Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph counties.

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This article originally appeared on Sturgis Journal: Opinion