Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) filed legislation today honoring National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Each year, the President issues a Proclamation naming May 15th as National Peace Officer Memorial Day. Poes resolution supports the goals and ideals of this day and calls upon the people of the United States to observe such a day with appropriate ceremonies and respect.
"We are grateful for the selfless service of this nations law enforcement officers, said Poe. They protect our lives and our property regardless of the dangers to themselves. It is important that we as a Congress and a nation pay tribute to the brave men and women who wear the badge of a law enforcement officer.
There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement offices serving in the United States. In 2007, 181 officers gave their lives in the line of duty. More than 18,200 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty since the first recorded police death in 1792.
H. Res. 1132 - National Peace Officers Memorial Day
- supports the goals and ideals of Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor federal, state, and local peace officers killed or disabled in the line of duty; andcalls upon the people of the United States to observe such a day with appropriate ceremonies and respect.
Congressman Poe is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus. As a former criminal court judge and prosecutor for over 30 years in Houston, Texas, Poe is recognized nationally for his creative sentencing of criminals and as a dedicated advocate for victims, children and law enforcement agencies.