As a union that represents nearly 50,000 law enforcement officers, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is proud to celebrate National Police Week, which runs from May 14-20.
The following is a statement from Carl Bailey, Chairman of the Teamsters Law Enforcement League and President of Local 205 in White Oak, Pennsylvania:
“As a former law enforcement officer, I know firsthand the various roles that police officers play in their day-to-day. Officers are typically known for walking a beat, answering and investigating calls from community members, and making arrests when necessary. But our jobs go far beyond just those tasks.
“We are the ones who console grieving families and provide support at their most vulnerable moments. In the event of a major disaster or weather event, we help get families out of harm’s way and make sure no one is left behind. We sacrifice our own safety to protect others from unsafe situations. We provide wellness checks on elderly and disabled neighbors. We promote safety for children in our communities by sponsoring activities like little league baseball teams and summer camps.
“It is hard to overstate the countless number of hats that police officers wear on any given day. In addition to being physically tough, law enforcement officers must also be mentally tough. The things we see in our line of work are gruesome and heart breaking.
“For these reasons – and countless others – the job of policing is exceptionally difficult. These brave men and women deserve a strong union contract that protects them and their families while they are protecting and serving our communities.
“The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is proud to celebrate the tireless efforts of police officers across the nation this week and throughout the year. We wish all of our men and women in blue a healthy and safe National Police Week.”