Reichert Recognizes National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Jan 9, 2018 Issues: Law Enforcement Caucus

Washington, DC - In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statement and spoke on the House floor thanking the law enforcement community.

“Today, we have set aside a day to honor and recognize our dedicated law enforcement officers who selflessly put their lives on the line every day to protect our families here at home,” said Rep. Reichert. “We honor not only those who protect and serve us today, but we remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. For those in my community, we are deeply saddened by the loss we experienced this week when Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney lost his life in the line of duty.

Officers all over the country, like Deputy McCartney, give up important time – time spent with families and loved ones – to serve and protect us. During my 33 years in law enforcement, I had the privilege of working with many of these men and women in King County, Washington every day. It is an incredible honor to know them and to have had the chance to serve with them, and I know that departments are like that across the country.

Since serving in Congress, I have been dedicated to fighting for and championing efforts to provide law enforcement officers the resources they need and the recognition they so fully deserve. Please join me today, and every day, in thanking the men and women across the law enforcement community who have and continue to put their lives on the line to keep our families safe.”

Rep. Reichert’s speech on the House floor recognizing National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day can be found HERE.

Rep. Reichert has been a champion for law enforcement throughout his service in Congress. As co-chair of the Law Enforcement Caucus, he has a platform to highlight their work and fight for their needs. He has vocally supported continued funding for the COPS Hiring and Project Safe Neighborhoods Programs, which are often times targeted for elimination or funding cuts during the appropriations process.

Throughout his career, Rep. Reichert has also championed numerous pieces of legislation supporting the efforts of law enforcement. One of the most notable includes the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act (P.L. 114-12), which established the Blue Alert system for law enforcement agencies across the country to communicate with one another. This national alert system disseminates information between agencies to protect the public and speed up the apprehension of criminals who have seriously injured or killed law enforcement officers, or who have credibly threatened to do so. Other legislation he has advocated for is the POLICE Act (H.R. 2561), Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (H.R. 2228), Probation Officer Protection Act (H.R. 1039), COPS Improvement and Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2318), Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act (H.R. 228), and many more.