Orland Park, IL – At today’s Cook County Board Meeting, Commissioner Sean Morrison was honored (and surprised) to be the only county board member who spoke up in recognition and support of National Police Week. Here are Commissioner Morrison’s remarks from today’s meeting:
“I wanted to take this time to recognize National Police Week and the contributions made by generations of law enforcement from around the country.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week.
It’s important that all residents understand and recognize the duties, responsibilities, and commitment of law enforcement and their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, protecting them against violence and disorder, and preserving rights and providing security to all residents.
We honor the valor, service, and dedication of all Police Officers, and I humbly salute the service of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The courage of these fallen heroes is unmatched.
We should take note… that last year, was the deadliest on record for police officers in 50 years… and 2021 is likely to be even worse.
More police officers have been shot & killed in the first 5 months of 2021 than in all of 2020 & 2019. We must protect those who protect our communities.
I now stand, and I call upon my colleagues and all elected officials to stand up and support our nation’s law enforcement officers at a time when they so desperately need our support.”