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Hoosiers,

The Thin Blue Line. This term for our law enforcement officers describes the role they play in serving as the last line of protection between order and chaos in our neighborhoods, communities, and the country.  This week is National Police Week, a time to thank our men and women in uniform for selflessly protecting us in our daily lives and to remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

As your representative, I have been honored with the chance to support and recognize our law enforcement officers who have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe:

I joined the Town of Clarksville to honor two Clarksville police officers who had been named Officers of the Year. 

I had the honor of recognizing Sergeant Brandon White and Officer Seth Sage with the Seymour Police Department for their quick thinking and decisive action that resulted in the rescue of a one-year-old child from nearly drowning.

Last year, deputies from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Conservation Officers from Indiana DNR Law District 8, and the volunteers from the Bloomington Cave Rescue team participated in a successful cave rescue. I had the honor of recognizing their heroic actions.

I had the privilege of spending time with the Jeffersonville Police Department and honoring nine officers for acts of heroism in performance of their duties. 

In Bloomington, I had the opportunity to sit down with representatives from sheriff's offices from across the district to discuss the concerns they face on a daily basis and how Congress can help.

This week, the House of Representatives is voting on important, bipartisan legislation to support our law enforcement officers:

  • Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act (H.R. 613)
  • Protect and Serve Act of 2018 (H.R. 5698)
  • Justice Served Act of 2018 (H.R. 4854)
Police officers are here to protect us. You and me. Our elderly parents. Our children on the playground. This week, when you see an officer on the street corner, in the parking garage, or around your neighborhood, join me in saying thank you.

P.S. Last year, Floyd County Sheriff Frank Loop called me to share a problem his officers were facing in the line of duty. After working with Sheriff Loop, I introduced the POLICE Act in the House of Representatives. Click here to learn more

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