The week runs through May 19, with May 15 recognized as National Peace Officer Memorial Day to honor those killed in the line of duty, Smith said.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officer Fund website, 21,541 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty since record keeping began in the early nineteenth century.
Currently, an estimated 800,000 law enforcement professionals nationwide are called on to police more than 325 million Americans, according to Smith, who noted that an average of 151 officers are killed each year.
“Roughly a quarter of one percent of the country’s population stands guard every second of every day to serve and protect all of us,” Smith said. “That’s about as efficient as it gets.”
But, he noted “we are not 800,000 perfect human beings, we are going to make mistakes. We also are going to hold ourselves accountable.”
Unfortunately, “the brand of this profession has been severely damaged over the past five years,” Smith said, and added that once every three days, an officer is killed somewhere in America.
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