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Blog // Connect Michigan

It's National Police Week

By Jessica Denson

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Every year, between 25,000 and 40,000 law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. this particular week to honor fallen officers and take part in a series of events.

As we mark the service of our country’s police officers it’s important to remember that we must provide our law enforcement with the proper tools to do their jobs effectively. Among those tools is FirstNet.

 “What FirstNet has been able to do in terms of educating chiefs and sheriffs around this country and really bring it down to the line for officers and first responders has been tremendous,” said Sheriff Richard Stanek, Hennepin County, Minnesota’s Sheriff and FirstNet Board Member. “While in DC [we’ve gotten] to speak with major city sheriffs and major county chiefs and talk to them about what FirstNet will mean to them. Soon, we’re going to have a nationwide interoperable broadband system that will provide exactly what my deputies who are out on the road need every day.”

FirstNet seeks to close the gap on communications among public safety personnel. This network will give fire, police, and emergency workers in your community access to all the critical information they need to keep families safe and to ensure that our first responders are not unnecessarily put in harm’s way.

Click here for a full list of events during National Police Week

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