On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. In all, more than 19,000 American law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791.
Today, Peace Officers Memorial Day will be a time to reflect on the heroes that ensure our communities are safe. This includes honoring the growing Teamster contingent of police officers, correctional officers and those in related fields.
“Our members, who work in police departments, correctional institutions, as well as those who monitor offenders when released, are steadfast in their role of keeping our communities safe,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “Each of us has an obligation to be an advocate for those who serve and protect us and the Teamsters will continue fighting for the passage of laws that provide for superior pay and benefits.”
The Teamsters Union, which currently represents tens of thousands of law enforcement officers nationwide, recently convened a special meeting of law enforcement officers in Des Moines, Iowa, where programs were held covering recent developments in law enforcement labor relations, disciplinary procedures, understanding body cameras and use-of-force issues and other topics.
Additionally, the union provides access to a unique benefit for members: The Teamsters Legal Defense Fund (TLDF). The program provides legal representation and guidance to Teamster member participants in law enforcement with quality professional legal representation and stands by law enforcement Teamsters and their families when they need advice, guidance and comfort the most.
“The Teamsters Union stands with the dedicated law enforcement officers and workers who put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve, to make sure they receive the fair pay, secure retirement, and rights at work that they deserve,” said Jason Rabinowitz, Director, Teamsters Public Services Division.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 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.
There are many events and activities planned in D.C. and around the country for National Police Week, which you can access here: http://www.policeweek.org/schedule.html