Attorney General Sessions and U.S. Attorney recognize law enforcement service and sacrifice during national police week
WHEELING – Attorney General Sessions and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Bill Powell recognizes the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers on the occasion of National Police Week, and commented on the FBI's 2017 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report.
West Virginia lost one officer in 2017. Lieutenant Aaron Crook of the Bluefield Police Department was killed in a vehicle crash while involved in a vehicle pursuit of a suspected drunk driver last May.
In recognition of National Police Week, U.S. Attorney Powell will recognize those lives lost and offer words of encouragement and gratitude at the Wheeling Police Department’s Law Enforcement Memorial Service this Wednesday, May 16 at Wheeling’s Heritage Port. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.
“One officer death is too many,” Attorney General Sessions said. “While we are inexpressibly grateful to have had a decrease in the number of officers killed in the line-of-duty last year, the number is still far too high. At the Department of Justice, we honor the memories of the fallen and we pray for their families. We are also following President Trump's Executive Orders to back the women and men in blue, to enhance law enforcement safety, and to reduce violent crime in America. Those priorities will help keep every American safe, including those who risk their lives for us. As always, we have their backs and they have our thanks.”
“Every loss is significant. The men and women in law enforcement choose to put their lives on the line every day in the name of safety and security for their fellow neighbors. It is many times a thankless job involving long hours away from their loved ones. There are no words that can truly express our gratitude for their service and sacrifice,” said Powell.
According to statistics collected by the FBI, 93 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2017 – a 21 percent decrease from 2016 when 118 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents.
Additionally, in 2017 there were 46 law enforcement officers killed in line-of-duty incidents as a result of felonious acts – this is a 30 percent decrease from 2016, when 66 law enforcement officer were killed in line-of-duty incidents as a result of felonious acts.
For the full comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks and selected assaults resulting in injury, please see the 2017 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report, released this week.
In October 1962, Congress passed and President Kennedy signed a joint resolution declaring May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. The resolution also created National Police Week as an annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice.
During Police Week, which is observed from Sunday, May 13 to Saturday, May 19, 2018, our nation celebrates the contributions of police officers from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment in keeping our communities safe.
For more information about other National Police Week events, please visit www.policeweek.org.
To access the FBI's 2017 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report, please visit www.fbi.gov.