On May 15th, tens of thousands of law enforcement survivors and supporters across the country will gather in Washington, DC for Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor those who have worn the badge with the utmost courage. The purpose of this observance and the week it falls on, dubbed National Police Week, is to pay tribute to those officers that have been disabled or lost their lives in the line of duty.
With this year’s National Police Week observation, I find myself reflecting on the opportunities I’ve had with my team to work with these brave men and women. My job has enabled me to meet with many law enforcement officials across the country. I’m constantly amazed at their motivation, strength, and dedication to serving their communities.
I think the most striking thing about law enforcement officials is their binary roles of both fierce protectors and common citizens. Every day, they put on the uniform and risk their lives for the sake of defending our freedom and keeping us safe. When they return home, they are mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors. They are resolute in their efforts to safeguard communities because the things they hold most dearly are rooted in these neighborhoods, too.
This week is for the officers who are devoted to protecting the lives of people they have never met. This week is for the men and women committed to keeping the peace. This week is for those who can’t come home.
Today, on Peace Officers Memorial Day, I’d like to thank law enforcement departments across the country for their dedicated service spanning local, state, and federal jurisdictions, and express my sincere condolences to the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Their legacy is forever ingrained in the ideals of liberty and citizenship.
The Nuance Dragon team is proud to support these heroes and heroines, even in the smallest of ways, with our solutions. It is our distinct privilege to equip officers with tools that will allow them to continue to defend the thin blue line a bit safer.