State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain sponsored House Resolution 0095 of 2019, declaring May 12-18, 2019 Police Appreciation Week in the state of Michigan.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. The resolution notes the significant contributions that law enforcement have throughout times of distress, crisis, civil disorder, and disaster.
There are more than 800,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including the approximately 17,000 full-time uniformed police officers and 5,000 corrections officers in the state of Michigan. Whether they gave their lives in the line of duty, whether they have retired, or continue to serve, Michiganders owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women in law enforcement, who protect us every day.
“It was an absolute honor to be joined by Scott Greenlee, at the Capitol, honoring him and the thousands of men and women in law enforcement who keep our communities safe every day.” LaFave said. “We owe them our sincerest thanks and gratitude for the job they do and to commemorate the heroes who have fallen.”
The resolution was adopted unanimously on Tuesday, May 14 by the Michigan House of Representatives. Complete language of the resolution can be viewed on the Michigan Legislature’s website at www.legislature.mi.gov.