January 9 is designated as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. While we should celebrate the work of our peace officers every day, on this occasion I want to honor the brave people who wear the badge for our department. There is no greater honor than to serve our state, our families and our communities.
The decision to become a peace officer is not one that is made lightly. These amazing individuals made an honorable choice worthy of our deepest respect: To put themselves in harm’s way daily to protect others. Sometimes it is a thankless job, but believe me, your work and sacrifice is not unseen. There are no words to adequately convey what that means for the people they protect, but we should still do our best to show how much they are appreciated.
In addition to intense training and personal risk, peace officers make sacrifices each day, giving up holidays and milestones with their families and loved ones to do their job. Especially in Corrections, their work is often unnoticed – but ask yourself: Where would we be without them? I hear nearly every day about a peace officer going above and beyond in the institutions and the community, and each time I am filled with admiration and pride. Most people’s first instinct is to run away from danger – peace officers head for it, knowing their skills and training put them in the best position to keep others safe.
Whether your role is in an institution, parole, Headquarters, or any other location, please know how much you are appreciated, today and every day. If you are not a peace officer, please take a moment to reflect on how officers have kept you safe, and take the time to thank one for their service. We could not do the important work we do without them.
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