This week, we pay tribute to those who spend each day keeping us safe: peace officers.  From May 12th–May 16th, Americans recognize National Police Week.  Ceremonies and celebrations are held in communities across the nation to honor our local, state and federal law enforcement officers for their tireless dedication to keeping the peace. Every day, these brave men and women put on their uniform, pin on their badge and put themselves in harm's way. When the outlaws--the drug dealers, child molesters, wife beaters, robbers, bandits, murderers and street terrorists--threaten our communities, peace officers are the first ones to track them down. With their service, comes risk and sacrifice. This year we also remember those who have been killed in line of duty. We take one week a year to thank them for their service, but we are really grateful year-round.

Peace officers have protected Americans for over 200 years, but our nation has formally recognized their service and remembered their sacrifices since 1962 when President John F. Kennedy first proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Although we officially celebrate peace officers this week, our gratitude and appreciation extends year round. Peace Officers separate anarchy from law and order. They help bring justice to crime victims, and peace to communities that crime has affected. We can rest easy knowing these men and women are watching over our communities. And that's just the way it is.