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McCollum Statement Commemorating 2017 Police Week

May 15, 2017
Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, I rise to both recognize the dedicated law enforcement officers who serve and protect communities in Minnesota and across the United States and to remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

In Minnesota’s Fourth District and throughout America, police and peace officers bear an enormous responsibility.  In local departments, state agencies, and for the federal government, the women and men of law enforcement put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our families and communities safe.

As Ranking Member of Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, I am particularly appreciative of the work and sacrifice of federal law enforcement officers whose tasks range from serving Americans visiting our National Parks to protecting our natural resources.

During our commemoration of National Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week, we remember our fallen law enforcement officers. Last year, more than 140 officers lost their lives in the line of duty. As we honor their courage and sacrifice, I send my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of our fallen heroes who so proudly wore the police uniform.

Congress must continue to ensure that our local and state police, as well as their federal colleagues, have the resources they need to do their jobs and serve our communities.

Today and throughout the year, I join my colleagues and all Americans as we honor our law enforcement officers and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our families and communities.