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576 Police Officers Lost in the Line of Duty Honored in Bipartisan Resolution

Washington, D.C.– On Thursday, May 19, the Senate unanimously adopted a resolution marking National Police Week and reiterating support for the men and women in law enforcement. Idaho’s U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch co-sponsored the bipartisan resolution led by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). It was also co-sponsored by 82 additional Senate colleagues.

“We all must recognize the important role police officers have in making our communities safe and show support for police and law enforcement personnel,” said Crapo. “They need our support perhaps now more than ever.”

“Our law enforcement and their families deserve our recognition and support for their brave work protecting and serving our communities,” said Risch. “I am deeply grateful to the more than 800,000 law enforcement officers across the country who put their personal safety on the line every day to keep us safe.”

The resolution honors the 576 law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2021, including nearly 400 who died from COVID-19, as well as the 92 lost to date in 2022. Last year marked the most intentional killings of police since the September 11, 2001, attacks. In the face of an ongoing pandemic and rise in violent crime, law enforcement personnel continue to answer the call, serving their communities, often at great risk to themselves.

The resolution designates the week of May 15 through May 21, 2022, as “National Police Week,” and expresses unwavering support for law enforcement officers across the United States in the pursuit of preserving safe and secure communities.