05-14-2019 Police Week Floor Speech PLAY

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today spoke on the Senate floor to honor the service and sacrifice of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers and thanked them for their efforts to keep communities across the country safe.

“Tomorrow, the 38th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service will honor 158 law enforcement heroes from across the nation who were killed in the line of duty in 2018. We all mourn the loss of these brave men and women. I was proud to join many others at last night’s candlelight vigil held on the National Mall. As we did yesterday evening, we continue to stand with theses fallen officers’ families, friends, and communities who are grieving. Our country will not forget your sacrifice,” Senator Capito said.

During the floor speech, Senator Capito acknowledged the hard work by members of the West Virginia police force—particularly when it comes to fighting the opioid epidemic.

“The work our police officers do influences so many aspects of our lives. In West Virginia—where the opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities across the state—police play a vital role. They help stop those bringing drugs into our towns, they assist those caught in the cycle of addiction, and they prevent the next generation from going down that path,” Senator Capito explained.

For a video of Senator Capito’s remarks, click here.


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