Law enforcement sacrifices much to protect, serve

There are easier and safer ways to make a living than being a police officer. Skeptical? Here are some vital statistics that all of us should pay very close attention to.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, in part a non-profit clearing house for such information, 120 law enforcement officers of all types lost their lives in the U.S. in 2012. Closer to home in the state of Michigan, 563 officers have given their lives in the line of duty over the years.

That’s why it is so important to recognize the contribution these brave men and women make to our society. Today is National Peace Officers Memorial Day, set aside by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives more than 40 years ago to underscore the sacrifices our police make for us each and every day. Next week, meanwhile, is National Police Week, established at the same time as National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day.

We urge people to visit the Officer Down Memorial Page at The information it contains, the statistics, faces, stories of courage and sacrifice, are sobering.

And if you haven’t thanked a cop for helping keep the peace, now might be a good time to do that.