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Director Thanks Law Enforcement Colleagues in Police Week Message

In a video message, FBI Director James Comey expressed thanks to law enforcement officers in the U.S. and around the world.

May 12, 2014 08:00 AM

Director Thanks Law Enforcement Colleagues in Police Week Message


FBI Director James Comey expressed thanks to law enforcement officers in the U.S. and around the world in a video message released on the first day of the annual Police Week gathering in Washington, D.C.

"I’m proud to come from a law enforcement family," Comey says. "My grandfather, William J. Comey, joined the Yonkers, New York Police Department as a rookie officer and, over the next 40 years, he rose to lead that department. My pop took fierce pride in the integrity of his service and of law enforcement—lessons that made a big impact on me. I have a picture of Pop Comey on my wall at the FBI, looking down at me every day, reminding me of the legacy I’ve inherited and must honor."

"All of us who serve in law enforcement carry forward this legacy of integrity and service," he continues. "We also share a great privilege—we have jobs with moral content. We protect the innocent from harm, we defend the vulnerable, and we bring lawbreakers to justice. We should always remember how lucky we are to get to do good for a living."

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Today, thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. to participate in a number of planned events that honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The weeklong event, which includes a candlelight service for fallen officers, draws up to 40,000 attendees from departments and agencies across the U.S. and around the world.