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FOX 11 Commentary: National Police Week 2017

FOX 11 General Manager Jay Zollar shares thoughts on National Police Week, May 15, 2017. (WLUK image)

(WLUK) -- In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.

National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Since March of 2016, there have been five law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the state of Wisconsin, and two so far this year. None of the officers were based in Northeast Wisconsin. That said, both locally and around the country, you can see that police officers are engaged in physical, social and political battles. Enforcing the law, protecting us, our family and our property, has never been tougher. Not just due to the criminals out there, but also due to the social and political pressures they face.

For me, and on behalf of all of us here at FOX 11, we just want to say thanks. Thanks for being willing to put yourself out there amid the daily uncertainty of things that can go bad. To face and to deal with so many difficult things that most of us are completely unaware of and frankly would prefer not to deal with. To protect and to serve.

So today, and every day, keep in mind that the job of a police officer is not one most people strive to perform. It is difficult and dangerous work, yet one that, if we did not have, would enable chaos to rule.

Thanks again to all law enforcement officers serving in Northeast Wisconsin. We appreciate you.

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