Director Comey Honors Law Enforcement Officers in National Police Week Message

As thousands of law enforcement officers from around the country and across the globe begin to gather in Washington, D.C. in anticipation of National Police Week—which officially begins Sunday, May 15—FBI Director James Comey released a video message to personally express his gratitude for the brave men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty.

“These tragedies remind us that our safety and our freedoms, which we hold so dear, are purchased at great cost,” said Comey in his message. “The memories of these heroes inspire us to do all that we can to ensure that our fellow officers, deputies, troopers, and agents return home safely at the end of their shifts.”

In his message, the Director also acknowledged law enforcement officers who are still wearing the badge today. He recognized the pressures faced while working in communities, but also stressed the importance of outreach and relationship building.

“All of us in law enforcement have to continue to reach out to the communities we serve so that folks can understand better the difficult and often frightening work that we do to keep them safe,” said Comey. “At the same time, we have to continue to listen to their concerns and work with them to build and improve the relationships that are at the center of our success.”