FBI Florida Special Agents in Charge: Support of Law Enforcement Should Last All Year
As we have every year since 1962, our nation paused this month to recognize National Police Week and celebrate the service and incredible courage of tens of thousands of law enforcement officers in communities across the country. And while it was a week filled with messages of gratitude, it was also emotional as we took time to honor the lives of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens they were sworn to protect. At all three FBI Florida offices, we reflected on our 92 FBI brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation—powerful reminders that protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution is difficult and dangerous work.
As a law enforcement community, we work together to fight violent crime, keep illegal drugs off our streets, keep children safe from predators, thwart terrorists, and more. It’s not an easy profession. It takes an incredibly special person to choose to leave their home every day and knowingly put their life on the line to help complete strangers in perhaps their greatest time of need. Thankfully, it is a choice many still make, but unfortunately, we are faced with the sad reality that far too many officers do not return home to their families.
Across the country, 60 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2022. And while that number is down from its peak in 2021, it’s still totally unacceptable. National Police Week is a reminder that men and women in law enforcement are out there keeping America safe every day, and we should never forget the sacrifices of those killed in the line of duty and their families. We hope Police Week inspires citizens to recognize and support these heroes far beyond one week in May, and instead celebrate their service all throughout the year.
The FBI Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa teams are grateful for all that our local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement partners do every day to protect our state and our country. During National Police Week—and every week—we stand with you and recognize your dedication to keeping Florida communities safe.
Thank you for your service. And as always, stay safe.
|Sherri E. Onks||Jeffrey B. Veltri||David Walker|
|FBI Jacksonville||FBI Miami||FBI Tampa|