|President Obama with Vice President Biden and |
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano honor the nation's top cops.
Vice President Biden, speaking in a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, also credited the officers for their work in the community, calling the officers a "unique bunch of individuals."
"You’re not only the people who risk your lives to protect all of us, you're also the first ones out there to volunteer to lay down the lines of the Little League field. You’re the first ones to volunteer at youth camps. You’re the first one to help your neighbor, whether you've got a badge on or not.
The thirty-four assembled 'Top Cops', members of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), included officers from cities across the country: Los Angeles; Florida (Miami Dade); Chicago, Illinois; Massachusetts; Detroit, Michigan; Las Vegas; New York; Ohio, and Tennessee.
The officers weren't the only ones receiving praise from the vice president today. Biden also credited President Obama ("without fear of contradiction") as a leader in signing legislation that put more cops on the street, and for providing essential funds needed to replace outdated or non-existent law enforcement communications systems.
"This man has been committed to law enforcement his entire career. He has never, never wavered from fighting to make sure you guys have the resources you need not only to protect your communities, but to protect one another, to protect your brothers and sisters. He understands what you know, that having more cops on the street is going to keep you safer."
"Today, we celebrate 34 extraordinary individuals" said President Obama. "And we recognize the sacrifices they and their fellow officers make. We honor all those who have put their lives on the line in order to protect their fellow citizens even if they were complete strangers."
While none of the officers honored at the White House today hailed from the District of Columbia, the city had its own celebration, in conjunction with National Police Week (NPW), by having a 5K race.
NPW honors law enforcement officers who have given their lives while serving in the line of duty.
Also along those lines, several police officers who rode their bicycles from Charlotte, North Carolina are expected to arrive in DC today where they will then hold a candlelight vigil on Sunday at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.