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Senate Passes Resolution 221

April 21, 2002

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Senate Passes Resolution 221

Member Submission

The United States Senate has passed a resolution, S. Res. 221, authored by
U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), acknowledging the service and
sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers. The purpose of this
resolution is: "To commemorate and acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice
made by the men and women who have lost their lives while serving as law
enforcement officers." Senator Campbell, a former deputy sheriff, has
spearheaded countless legislative initiatives on behalf of law enforcement.
Most notably to us here at the NLEOMF, he authored a law enacted in 2000 to
establish the National Law Enforcement Museum.

A full text of S. Res. 221 follows:

To commemorate and acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice made by the men
and women who have lost their lives while serving as law enforcement

Whereas the well-being of all citizens of the United States is preserved and
enhanced as a direct result of the vigilance and dedication of law
enforcement personnel;

Whereas more than 700,000 men and women, at great risk to their personal
safety, presently serve their fellow citizens as guardians of peace;

Whereas peace officers are on the front line in preserving the right of the
children of the United States to receive an education in a crime-free
environment, a right that is all too often threatened by the insidious fear
caused by violence in schools;

Whereas 70 peace officers died at the World Trade Center in New York City on
September 11, 2001, the most peace officers ever killed in a single incident
in the history of the Nation;

Whereas more than 220 peace officers across the Nation were killed in the
line of duty during 2001, 57 percent more police fatalities than the
previous year, and the deadliest year for the law enforcement community
since 1974;

Whereas every year, 1 out of every 9 peace officers is assaulted, 1 out of
every 25 peace officers is injured, and 1 out of every 4,400 peace officers
is killed in the line of duty; and

Whereas on May 15, 2002, more than 15,000 peace officers are expected to
gather in Washington, D.C. to join with the families of their recently
fallen comrades to honor those comrades and all others who went before them:
Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate --

(1) recognizes May 15, 2002, as Peace Officers Memorial Day, in honor of
Federal, State, and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty;

(2) calls upon the people of the United States to observe this day with
appropriate ceremonies and respect.


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