Chief Pruitt Urges Citizens to ‘Thank a Policeman’
May 18, 2015
Today in the United States, approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. With great success, they serve with valor and distinction.
Federal statistics show that violent crime and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks to the dedicated service of the men and women in law enforcement. The national Law Enforcement Memorial is ever-changing as new names are added to the memorial every year due to the selfless sacrifice of the men and women that serve our communities.
In 2014, 127 police officers were killed in the line of duty, leaving 159 children without a parent — and as of today 44 officers have fallen in 2015. These numbers are tragic on their own, not to mention the void that will never be filled.
In what other occupation is one expected to make correct, split-second, serious, and possibly life-and-death decisions while navigating complicated laws and procedures, in addition to having to lay his or her life on the line for total strangers?
The men and women of law enforcement are content in doing a difficult job, one most people in the world could not or would not do, and they do it well. It truly takes an extraordinary person to be a police officer.
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In today’s society, law enforcement needs your support more than ever. National Police week is a time when citizens are asked to go out and thank the officers in their communities, as a simple thank you means more than you will ever know. National Police Week is a time to remember and reflect on the fallen officers and support those who continue to serve their communities.
As Chief, I would like to thank my officers for being upstanding citizens, honorable police officers, and officers that I am proud to have the privilege of working with every day.
Chief of Police
Cape Charles Police Department