Gardner Honors National Police Week on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to honor Colorado Law Enforcement Officers and all the law enforcement and first responders across the country during National Police Week. 

Police week floor speech  

NOTE: View Senator Gardner’s remarks on the Senate floor here or by clicking on the photo above

Remarks as prepared for delivery

In Washington, D.C. this week, we are celebrating National Police Week, a time we take each year to thank law enforcement for protecting our communities, and to remember the cost of providing this comfort.

Today, thousands of officers and their families will gather on the West Front of the Capitol building to participate in the 38th annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, an event to honor all those we have lost in the line of duty.

I hope the comradery and support they experienced during the ceremony and throughout the week will bring a bit of comfort to the law enforcement community. I also hope it demonstrates the tremendous gratitude we all have for these sacrifices.

Police Week also serves to show the law enforcement community that the lawmakers in Washington have their back.

We will continue to help departments all over the country afford lifesaving equipment, like bulletproof vests, to help as many officers as possible return home safely every day.

I know my colleagues in the Senate will join me in thanking the many officers who have joined us in Washington this week. Their bravery and courage allow all of us to enjoy the safety and security we so often take for granted. 

It should not take a tragedy for any of us to reach out to a police officer, EMS, or a firefighter, thank them or their work, and let them know their bravery does not go unnoticed.

Thank you to all first responders who put their lives on the line to protect that thin blue line.



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.