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Full Text of SR0914  102nd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, Law enforcement officers of Illinois put their
3lives on the line to protect and serve the residents of our
4great State; and
5    WHEREAS, The police officers of Illinois keep our
6communities safe, help prevent crime, and provide assistance
7to those in need, among an infinite number of other tasks to
8encourage civic engagement and an investment in the well-being
9of all Illinoisans; they work with our schools, community
10organizations, and other local partners to offer assistance
11and educational opportunities to residents; and
12    WHEREAS, The first police department in the United States
13was established in New York City in 1844 and officially
14organized in 1845; other cities followed suit, including
15Chicago in 1855; and
16    WHEREAS, The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the
17enduring courage and unwavering devotion of law enforcement
18officers to the communities that they have sworn to serve; and
19    WHEREAS, There are currently more than 900,000 sworn law
20enforcement officers and more than 17,000 state and local law
21enforcement agencies serving nationwide; and



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1    WHEREAS, Approximately 12 percent of current law
2enforcement officers are female; and
3    WHEREAS, In uncertain times, these men and women are the
4first response in the face of crisis or tragedy, and they
5continue to put on their uniforms to bravely face challenges
6to ensure the general welfare of our society; and
7    WHEREAS, In 2021, 582 officers made the ultimate sacrifice
8while serving our great nation, including ten in Illinois; our
9fallen officers should be remembered and honored for their
10courage and sacrifice; and
11    WHEREAS, In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May
1215 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar
13week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week; therefore,
14be it
16ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we declare May 15 to
17May 21, 2022 as Police Appreciation Week in the State of
18Illinois; and be it further
19    RESOLVED, That we recognize the dedication and sacrifice
20of local, state, and federal police officers and their service



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1to our great State; and be it further
2    RESOLVED, That we celebrate the contributions of law
3enforcement from across the State, recognizing their hard
4work, dedication, loyalty, and commitment to keeping our
5communities safe; and be it further
6    RESOLVED, That we recognize the families of law
7enforcement officers for their endless sacrifices; and be it
9    RESOLVED, That we encourage all residents of Illinois to
10recognize the essential mission that law enforcement officers
11undertake every day and thank them for their dedication and