National Law Enforcement Week, May 14-20

Few in public service have a tougher job than law enforcement officers.

They throw themselves in harm’s way on our behalf. They have to defuse tense, sometimes violent, situations. They are on the very front lines of confronting some of our toughest social problems, like income inequality, drug abuse and failing schools.

And they rise to the occasion, protecting our communities with honor and professionalism despite all the challenges.

During National Law Enforcement Week (May 14–20), we want to thank these professionals for their fearless service every single day.

For Det. Derek Puorro, Vice President of AFSCME Local 1361 (Middletown Police Department), Law Enforcement Week spotlights the incredibly difficult work police officers do.

“We’re in the fight of our lives,” said Puorro, who chairs Council 4's Public Safety Council. “We’re doing what we have to do to come home to our families.”

At a time when law enforcement officers are under tremendous pressure, Puorro echoes the importance of “having a week to bring together law enforcement officers and their families”

For never quitting on their communities, we owe the men and women of law enforcement our thanks.

Click here for AFSCME's tribute page, Beyond Grief.

And check out AFSCME President Lee Saunders' tribute to law enforcement officers: