(CNSNews.com) - In an address today to the Sergeants Benevolent Association of New York City, Attorney General Jeff Session called on Americans to find a way to show gratitude to police officers, including by perhaps shaking an officers hand and telling him, “Thank you for your service.”
“There’s no doubt that the last few years have been tough times for law enforcement in America,” Session told the SBA, which is the labor union for sergeants in the New York Police Department.
“Morale among law enforcement has fallen,” said Sessions. “Fatal shootings of officers went up last year.
“Most Americans, however, know what I know,” he said. “Our police are one of the institutions that enjoys the highest confidence of the American public. That’s because they see you every day on their streets and in their neighborhoods.”
Monday, May 15, is Peace Officers Memorial Day and the coming week is National Police week, which Sessions took note of in his talk.
“As we begin National Police Week, I want every law enforcement officer in America to know this: We honor your service,” said Sessions. “We remember the sacrifices of your brothers and sisters who have fallen in the line of duty. And we are grateful for all you do to keep us safe.
“We here at the Department of Justice will continue to remind all Americans what a noble calling this is--so other good people will also choose to answer it like you each did,” said Sessions.
“I would also encourage all Americans this week to find your own way to show your gratitude to the people of law enforcement,” he said. “Bring a home-cooked meal to your local precinct, go to a memorial service or simply shake the hand of a police officer and say, ‘Thank you for your service.’”
Sessions stressed that the Trump Justice Department stands behind the nation’s police officers.
“Under President Trump, this Department of Justice will have your back,” said Sessions. “We will do all that we can to keep you safe and to promote public support for honorable officers in your dangerous work.”