Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today marked National Police
Week with the following statement honoring the contributions of Rhode Island’s
law enforcement community, which will appear in the Congressional record:
“National Police Week pays special honor to
the law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for
the safety and protection of our citizens and communities. I am proud to
cosponsor the resolution designating National Police Week as we recognize the
service and spirit of all the officers who diligently exhibit what Victor Hugo
called “conscience in the service of justice.”
“I am especially grateful for the men and
women of Rhode Island’s local and state police who put their lives on the line
every day to keep our families safe. As a former U.S. Attorney and state
attorney general, I have worked closely with some of Rhode Island’s finest
police officers, and I believe they are among the best in the country.
Supporting the vital mission of the police and fostering strong relationships
between our communities and law enforcement was a top priority for me in those
roles. Here in the Senate, I remain committed to supporting our brave law
enforcement officers, their departments, and their families.
“I met this week with Colonel James Mendonca,
Chief of the Central Falls Police Department and president of the Rhode Island
Police Chiefs Association. Under his leadership, the association is
working to make Rhode Island a national leader in gun violence prevention, drunk
driving awareness, and community engagement.
“Law enforcement officers are the guardians of
our communities, often paying the ultimate price for our safety. As we
recognize the service and sacrifice of the law enforcement community this
National Police Week, I am particularly mindful of the names of some 50
officers from Rhode Island etched onto the National Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial, including some federal officers who died while on duty in Rhode
In the words of the old hymn:
Now the laborer's
task is o'er;
Now the battle day
is past . . .
Father, in Thy
Leave we now thy
“In Rhode Island and across the United States,
we remember and honor their vigilance, compassion, and valor.”
Whitehouse cosponsored a resolution
designating National Police Week 2018 as May 13-19.