Every May since 1962 when President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial day the nation has celebrated National Police week. (1)
This is a time to recognize those law enforcement officers who have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty to protect us and ensure our safety. This is also a time to remind of us the roles peace officers play in maintaining peace and protecting people against crimes and terrorism.
In the health care profession we often work closely with law enforcement officers. We call on them to help protect vulnerable populations, such as children and the elderly.
So as we move into National Police week (May 15- May 21) we ask everyone to take time and thank police and other peace officers. They often have a thankless job, and we appreciate their sacrifice to ensure our safety.