Asm. Scharfenberger Seeks to Designate May as “Law Enforcement & Correctional Officer Appreciation Month”
Middletown, N.J. –Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) has introduced a resolution (AJR-197) which would designate May of each year as “Law Enforcement & Correctional Police Officer Appreciation Month” in New Jersey:
“This resolution is intended to offer well deserved and long overdue support to the members of our law enforcement community,” said Scharfenberger. “Now more than ever, as extremists continually and foolishly call for defunding or abolishing of police departments, it is imperative for us to stand behind the men and women who defend our communities.”
The dangers facing these officers, and first responders alike, are ever-present. In fact, in 2020 alone over 235 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty as they upheld their sworn oaths to protect the citizens of this country. Yet fellow officers stand firm, remaining vigilant even as they are mocked, confronted and combat new challenges such as exposure to COVID-19:
“Police and correction officers risk their lives every day, embodying the only line between law abiding citizens and total disorder,” Scharfenberger continued. “We owe them nothing less than to show our complete appreciation for their efforts as well as solemnly honor and remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives in the line of duty. This is not a partisan issue and I am hopeful this resolution will garner overwhelming support.”
In addition, the Assemblyman’s resolution highlights the personal sacrifices by members of the law enforcement community and their families.