Today, North Dakota honors heroes during Police Week.

On May 10, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum proclaimed May 11-17 as part of Police Week in the State. He also said on Thursday, May 12, as Peace Officers Memorial Day.

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The public is invited to do the same. The public is also encouraged to attend the annual North Dakota Law Enforcement Memorial Service scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building in Bismarck. Governor Burgum also issued a statement regarding this special recognition.

“On Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, we honor the heroes who proudly wore their uniforms and died fighting to protect our families, homes and communities.

We are eternally grateful to these fallen officers, including the 66 North Dakotans who lost their lives in the line of duty, and we mourn their families today and every day. »

This year, West Fargo Police Officer Lt. Adam Gustafson will be added to the memorial. Lt. Gustafson died in May 2021, suffering a heart attack while on duty at the West Fargo Police Station.

We should all feel the deepest gratitude for those who have sworn to serve and protect.

Law enforcement officials are increasingly coming under fire from critics. Literally and socially. We all have to acknowledge the increase in news stories from North Dakota that describe how “gunshots were exchanged with officers.” Literally under fire. I’ve also read many stories of individuals leaving law enforcement due to changing public perceptions of who is tasked to “protect and serve.” Our communities and law enforcement factions must redouble their efforts to strengthen our bonds while fairly protecting our officers and citizens.

The annual North Dakota Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall of the Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave.

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