05.11.15

Peters Honors Law Enforcement During National Police Week

Peters Cosponsored Resolution Recognizing Police Week & Honoring Sacrifices of Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of National Police Week, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, honored Michigan’s law enforcement officers and the work they do to keep our communities safe. Last year, Michigan lost two officers in the line of duty.

“Law enforcement officers in Michigan and across the country put their lives on the line each and every day to make our neighborhoods and communities safer places to grow up in and raise a family,” said Senator Peters. “National Police Week is an important time to reflect on the sacrifices made by law enforcement throughout the years, and I thank these brave men and women for the work they do to protect us.”

Established in 1962, National Police Week honors law enforcement from across the country that work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. During National Police Week, tens of thousands of law enforcement offers from across the country visit Washington, DC to reflect on those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Peters has been a strong supporter of ensuring law enforcement officials have the resources needed to keep our streets safe. Peters cosponsored the Bulletproof Vest Grant Program Reauthorization Act, which unanimously passed the Senate last week. The legislation would reauthorize the lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, a federal grant program that helps state and local law enforcement agencies purchase bulletproof vests for officers working in the field. Peters has also cosponsored legislation that would direct the U.S. Attorney General to establish a national Blue Alert system to disseminate critical information to law enforcement agencies, the public and the media and help apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers.

Last month, Peters introduced the bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2015, legislation that would create a National Criminal Justice Commission to review the criminal justice system from top to bottom and propose reforms to address the most pressing issues facing the nation’s criminal justice system. This legislation has been endorsed by major law enforcement organizations, including the Police Officers Association of Michigan and the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police.

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