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National Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation

National Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Day: A Moment for Gratitude and Reflection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                     January 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC Larry Cosme, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), today issued the following statement for National Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Day:

"Whether it is keeping communities safe, assisting someone in distress, or responding to disasters, our nations Thin Blue Linegoes above and beyond to keep our nation safe,” said President Cosme. "Our federal law enforcement officers protect our borders, skies, seas, stop human and drug trafficking, protect leaders and Americans across the globe every day without fanfare or applause.”

"As we saw in Baghdad, federal agents serve in some of the most dangerous areas of the world and do so with courage and valor despite overwhelming odds. Restassured, when needed they always rise to the occasion and answer the call,” Cosme furthered.

"That service comes at a cost. Last year saw a rise in targeted violence towards law enforcement officers. Our officers are also experiencing a suicide epidemic that we are attempting to tackle with mental health resiliency programs and community outreach, Cosme continued. "This is why we Americans should take a moment of pause today and say Thank Youto any law enforcement officer you encounter.”

President Cosme concluded, "I would like to extend my personal appreciation andFLEOA’s appreciation for the work done by all law enforcement officers and also the sacrifices of their families who know all too well the rigors of the profession. Thank you to our nations professional law enforcement officers whodo what a majority of Americans won’t - they take an oath and run towards the danger while most simply watch and admire their heroism. Thank you!”

FLEOA is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 27,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies.