Reichert Honors Law Enforcement During National Police Week

May 17, 2018 Issues: Law Enforcement Caucus

Washington, DC - Congressman and former Sheriff of King County, Dave Reichert (R-WA), released the following statement during the 55th Annual National Police Week:

“As this is my last National Police Week in Congress, I am proud to see the work my colleagues and I were able to accomplish this week to honor and show our support for our law enforcement officers and their families. We passed several important pieces of legislation that reflect how much we appreciate the men and women who protect our communities every day,” Rep. Reichert said.

“I was grateful for the opportunity to lead my colleagues in a moment of silence on the House floor and to speak about how thankful I am for the great sacrifice law enforcement officers make daily in their jobs. I was also truly honored to join those from across the country who came to Washington, DC this week as a distinguished guest at the National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day Service. Having served in law enforcement for 33 years it has been a great privilege to honor and recognize our law enforcement officers during National Police Week during my fourteen years in Congress, and I hope my Congressional colleagues will continue this tradition in the years to come.”

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed several pieces of legislation that support the work of our law enforcement officers. H.Res.285 encourages the President and Congress to empower the creation of police and community alliances designed to enhance and improve communication and collaboration between members of the law enforcement community and the public they serve. The Justice Served Act (H.R. 4854) increases resources for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program that works to reduce the backlog of violent crime cases involving suspects identified through DNA evidence. Lastly, the Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act (H.R. 613) gives correctional officers permission to store and carry a firearm on prison premises. Rep. Reichert, as Co-Chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, has been a proud cosponsor of all three pieces of legislation that were passed this week.

BACKGROUND

President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962, and the week of May 15th has become National Police Week honoring all of those who have served in law enforcement. During this time, police officers from all over the nation come together in Washington, D.C., to pay tribute to their fellow officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. More than 3,000 people have been remembered. This year, among the 360 names to be inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, two from Washington State were honored:
   - Chief of Police Randall Scot Gibson – Kalama Police Department – EOW January 10, 2017
   - Chief Deputy Fred Hickson – Mason County Sheriff’s Office – EOW June 29, 1944