Statement from IACP President Donald De Lucca
As thousands of law enforcement officers make their way to Washington, D.C. over the next week for National Police Week, I reflect on challenges we have encountered over the last year and look towards the future and the many opportunities ahead.
2016 was another difficult year for law enforcement around the world. In the United States, 145 officers lost their lives in the line of duty. Tomorrow evening I will be attending the annual candlelight vigil and have the honor of reading off names of the brave men and woman who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Collectively as a profession, we grieve with the families, the agencies, and the communities of those who have lost their lives.
As we take time this week to remember those who have gone before us, let us also take the opportunity to honor the dedication and daily commitment of the men and woman of law enforcement to keeping our communities safe. I am encouraged by what I see every day by the members of my department, particularly the younger officers. Their devotion and enthusiasm to the profession and their commitment to public service is inspiring and I know the future of law enforcement is in good hands.
As many of you take part in this week’s events, whether it be in D.C. or in your own community, I encourage you to take a moment to honor the fallen members of our community and remember their service and sacrifice. It is also the perfect time to recognize the good work and dedicated service of our law enforcement leaders, both the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow. We should also all reflect back on the oath we took – and remember that we must do everything we can to keep our sworn personnel safe in their daily duties and contacts with the public.
Thank you for your service and all you do.