This is National Police Week, when Americans thank our local, state, and federal law enforcement professionals for risking their lives to keep us safe.
And May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day — a time to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The observance of the week and day began 50 years ago, with a proclamation from President Kennedy. There are local events across the country, and a national memorial service is held each year in Washington, D.C.
We’re not neutral on the subject. A son is part of the Thin Blue Line. We’re grateful to him and the thousands of brave and dedicated men and women who serve and protect the rest of us.
A society’s respect for the rule of law starts with the professionalism and sincerity of those who enforce the law. In this country, where our open and free way of life is possible only because the rule of law is treasured, the citizens owe an immeasurable debt to our law enforcement officers.
Here’s a reading list for National Police Week from the U.S. government printing office.