Police Week is here! This dedicated week of reflection and honor allows us to commemorate the commitment and sacrifice of our brave men and women in law enforcement. Police Week is marked by a truly remarkable display of unity, as the U.S. House came together in a bipartisan manner to pass H. Res 363 by an overwhelming vote of 413 to 2 on Monday morning.

This resolution, which recognizes National Police Week, extends our deepest condolences and appreciation to the cherished loved ones of every law enforcement officer who has made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Additionally, it shows the valor and selflessness displayed by law enforcement officers across the nation as they work tirelessly to protect our communities. The resolution also emphasizes the critical need to provide these officers with the necessary equipment, training and resources to safeguard their own well-being while ensuring public safety. We commend the law enforcement community for their countless acts of sacrifice and heroism.

During this crucial week, our attention turns to the upcoming legislative initiatives that would further strengthen our support for the men and women in blue if they became law. Three important pieces of pro-police legislation are set to be deliberated upon, and it is incumbent upon us to urge our elected officials to vote in favor of these measures.

H.Con.Res 40 is one such legislative measure that seeks to recognize the invaluable contributions of local law enforcement officers while unequivocally condemning calls to defund or abolish the police. By acknowledging the essential role these officers play in upholding the fabric of our society, we affirm our commitment to their unwavering dedication.

H.R. 2494 — aptly named the Protect Our Law Enforcement with Immigration Control Enforcement Act — aims to classify assault on a law enforcement officer as a deportable offense. This legislation underscores the significance of safeguarding our law enforcement community from harm while affirming our commitment to maintaining the integrity of our immigration system.

Furthermore, H.R. 3091 — the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Service Weapon Purchase Act — endeavors to grant federal law enforcement officers the ability to retain their service weapons upon retirement. This measure aligns with existing practices in many state and local departments and recognizes the profound bond between an officer and their trusted tool, forged over years of dedicated service.

As Police Week is celebrated, we acknowledge that the past few years have presented significant challenges for our law enforcement community. The unwarranted “defund the police” movement and attempts to dismantle qualified immunity have strained the relationship between the community and the police.

We must address these concerns by fostering a renewed sense of trust and understanding. To reestablish faith in law enforcement, we must emphasize the crucial role cops play in maintaining the delicate balance of our society. We must highlight the countless instances where police officers have bravely upheld the law, by saving innocent lives and keeping the peace. Through open dialogue and education, we can bridge the divide and raise a sense of unity between our communities and the dedicated officers who serve and protect them.

During Police Week, let’s say a prayer for those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Their memory serves as a constant reminder of the valor and unwavering commitment that defines law enforcement. Let us honor their legacy by ensuring that our officers are equipped, supported and respected as they continue their mission to safeguard our communities. Together, we can look forward to a future where law enforcement and society stand hand in hand, united in the pursuit of a safer and more just world.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of The Republican Standard. It originally appeared in American Liberty News.

James J. Fotis has a long career of experience as an informed, decisive leader and an analytical, proactive problem solver. He served more than twenty-three years as the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA); an association of law enforcement officers, crime victims and concerned citizens. During his tenure, LEAA became a serious influence in the law enforcement community, on Capitol Hill, and within the Executive Branch of government.

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