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Saturday, May 15th. Today is National Peace Officer Memorial Day. It concludes National Police Week, when we honor those public servants we too often take for granted, if not regarding them with wariness.

But we owe much their service, and so National Police Week was signed into law in 1962 by President John Kennedy to acknowledge the service and its associated dangers.

The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, Florida, notes that over 9,000 police officers have died in the line of duty. In 2019, there were 1.2 million violent crimes committed, and 6.9 million property crimes.

Confronting this lawbreaking are some 12,000 local police departments nationwide, staffed by around 980,000 police officers, detectives and their supervisors.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

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