National Police Week is an opportunity to show cops we have their backs

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National Police Week is a time for honoring the memory of law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving their communities. 

Now more than ever, police should know that American politicians have their backs, just as they have ours. 

The last two years have been especially demanding for law enforcement officers. Beginning in summer 2020, police departments and officers were defunded, hamstrung and outright abused by the media, politicians, and corporate America.

101 POLICE OFFICERS SHOT IN LINE OF DUTY, A 43 PERCENT INCREASE

Seattle police responded to the area of Third Avenue and Pine Street on Sunday afternoon for a fatal shooting.  (Seattle Police Department)

Not surprisingly, a mass exodus from police departments followed. According to data from the Police Executive Research Forum published last year, retirement rates among officers increased by 45 percent while resignations increased by 20 percent. Even more recent data from some of the nation’s largest police departments corroborate these trends. 

In 2021, Chicago saw the deadliest year in 25 years with nearly 800 homicides and 660 officers retired from the city’s police department. Seattle, which endured a 14-year high in violent crime last year, has

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