White House goes blue to honor nation's police officers

The services offer a reminder that fighting crime is risky work for the 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States.

In recognition of National Police Week, officers with the Rockwall Police Department gathered with community members for a prayer service in remembrance of 21 Texas law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty within the past year. "Those of us who live in Kannapolis are very blessed to have the officers that we do". In our region, Pennsylvania has lost 854 officers, OH has lost 791 officers and West Virginia has lost 180 officers. Six of the officers were female.

Trump signed a proclamation to mark Peace Officers' Memorial Week and Police Week. A memorial was held in Marietta on Monday.

Although communities across the nation are agitating for police reforms in response to an endemic of lethal force use - more than 960 people were killed by officers in 2016 - President Trump alleged cops deserve better treatment from society. I have witnessed firsthand the dedicated efforts that go into not only ensuring our personal security and protecting our families, but the tireless work that enables our prosecutors to effectively do their job in the courtroom. "But to do that, we need a president who is serious about finding solutions that put the interests of law enforcement first, not the Washington gun lobby".

The memorial lists the names of Trooper Eric K. Chrisman and Trooper Joseph "Cameron" Ponder, two Troopers who died in the line of duty in the Post 1 area.

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Despite the White House pointing to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's recommendation, Trump undermined it in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt .

Rogers and a group of deputies, officers and Koontz's family traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in a number of events over a span of days, among them the 29th annual Candlelight Vigil.

The objective is to pay tribute to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives while serving in the line of duty.

The memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum will be designed only after an extensive consultation process with police and members of the public and construction is expected to be completed in late 2018/early 2019.

These occurrences, and the possibility of danger, weigh heavily on the hearts and minds of each police officer's family.

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