White House goes blue to honor nation's police officers

Posted May 18, 2017

The White House was bathed in blue lights Monday evening in recognition of Peace Officer's Memorial Day.

"Perpetrator violence is up, weapons against police officers is up, so our officers now in these hard times have to be more conscious", Parrish said.

We live in a time when it is increasingly risky to be a Peace Officer, and when those officers find themselves under enhanced scrutiny.

Vermont Mayors Coalition, Governor Scott and state and local law enforcement paid tribute to 23 Vermont officers who gave up their life in the line of duty.

Before the service, he signed a proclamation urging the Department of Justice to develop a strategy to better prevent and prosecute crimes of violence against law enforcement officers. The bike ride is a national effort to commemorate the 21,183 men and women who have given that ultimate sacrifice.

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The names of 394 officers that were killed in the line of duty were read out loud, 143 of those officers have died past year . The White House will be illuminated with blue lights tonight to honor law enforcement, President Trump announced Monday .

"I will make it the personal priority of my administration to ensure that our police are finally treated fairly with honor and respect that they deserve", Trump told a crowd assembled for the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service in Washington, DC. Again we have been given that imagine that we're the bad guys and we are the good guys, we're out there and we are keeping the community safe, and we're protecting our community. Walking the Thin Blue Line on a daily basis can also be a thankless job.

"Police officers, you could've chosen to do anything that you wanted to do, but there's a calling to go and serve people that you know really don't appreciate you", Jones said. It's a selfless endeavor and a truly honorable path that only a few can and will choose to take as a career.

"This is a service that we wish we never had to participate in", Scott said. "We see communities where the police and citizens are at odds with each other, but that's just not the way it is here in Kannapolis". We appreciate what you sacrifice to allow us to serve.

These occurrences, and the possibility of danger, weigh heavily on the hearts and minds of each police officer's family. The money committed so far by the Government, as well as Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners, staff associations and companies and business is testament to the significance of this project, and I have no doubt that people across the United Kingdom will be eager to raise the rest of the funds needed.