Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Rep. Susan Brooks: Thank a law enforcement officer during National Police Week

May 15, 2020
In The News

We all owe a debt of gratitude to our frontline heroes. We use this term, frontline heroes, to describe all the brave men and women who are working to keep us protected and safe during this global pandemic.

First and most obvious, our health care professionals are truly frontline heroes. The grocery store employees, postal workers, and truck drivers are among the many included in this category — but we must not forget our law enforcement officers are frontline heroes day in and day out. They protected us before this pandemic, during this pandemic, and will continue to do so after this pandemic. 

This week is National Police Week, a week of remembrance created by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962. National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty. Tragically and most recently, IMPD Officer Breann Leath made the ultimate sacrifice. This year we honor all the 307 fallen heroes from across the country who were memorialized at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

We must remember these are the frontline heroes who we call when we are in danger. These are the heroes who respond to robberies, burglaries, and other violent crimes. These are the heroes who provide a safe harbor for children and survivors of domestic violence. These are the frontline heroes who prioritize our lives over their own.

As a former deputy mayor of Indianapolis and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana I have worked extensively with law enforcement. I know the challenges of their job and have the utmost respect for the men and women who serve and protect us each and every day.  

Our democracy is based on the rule of law. Our communities give law enforcement tremendous power to enforce that law and protect our citizens. While the power of law enforcement cannot go unchecked, as a collective community, if we fail to respect law enforcement, or worse yet, inflict or wish harm on law enforcement, then we have lost our respect for the rule of law and the foundation of our democracy. 

These frontline heroes made the selfless decision to protect and serve, even during this unprecedented health crisis. I encourage all Hoosiers to reflect on the contributions that our law enforcement heroes make in our communities. Thank a law enforcement officer or a loved one of an officer as we honor National Police Week.