Northampton police wearing bracelets to honor fallen officers

Posted May 19, 2017

Flags are flying at half staff today in tribute to the 21,183 law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice throughout USA history.

Monday, President Donald Trump honored the nation's fallen police officers and called for "a new era of respect and appreciation for law enforcement".

"Police officers are the thin blue line whose sacrifices protect and serve us every day, and we pledge to support them as they risk their lives to safeguard ours", the proclamation says.

Nationwide, though, law enforcement has grown increasingly unsafe, with more than 750 officers killed in the line of duty since 2011.

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This weekend there was a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in Washington to mark the 394 names added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

"This is a service that we wish we never had to participate in", Scott said.

Monday's event for fallen officers in Putnam County came on the second day of this year's National Police Week.

Trump noted the ambush killings of police officers a year ago in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was joined in the Oval Office by family members of slain officers from Phoenix, Arizona, New Jersey and NY.

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Law enforcement officers all over the Mid-South are participating in and hosting various activities during National Police Week.

Rose said all the work put into making this bill a law is worth it to remember Minnesota's fallen heroes and support their surviving families.

"Now as president my highest duty is to keep America safe", Trump said.

The year of 2016 was an especially painful one for the men and women in blue. In recognition, Minneapolis Police will hold open houses at every precinct this week.

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