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President Obama Honors Top Officers

May 13, 2012  | 

Photo: White House
Photo: White House

In a Saturday ceremony, President Obama paid tribute to the 34 law enforcement officers honored by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) for bravery and valor in the line of duty.

"When you put on that badge, you assume a special responsibility," President Obama said. "And every time you put it on, you never know if this day will be the day that you've spent your entire career training forthe day when just doing your job and being a hero are exactly the same thing. For the men and women standing behind me, America's Top Cops, that day came. And when it did, they were ready. They didn't flinch. They didn't back off. There are people who are alive today only because of their courage."

Each year, NAPO honors officers during National Police Week with its "Top Cops" award.

Officers who received the recognition this year include 15 Detroit Police officers who stopped a precinct attack; two Paramus (N.J.) Police officers who returned fire from a fleeing motorist; five NYPD detectives who rescued two stranded cadets; and a Miami-Dade Police detective who stopped a career criminal who killed two officers serving a murder warrant.

President Obama also said the nation must continue to support the men and women in law enforcement.

"We will be forever in debt to those who wear the badge; to men and women with a deep sense of duty, and willingness to serve and sacrifice on our behalf. And I think these individuals don't mind me saying that they are representative of the sacrifices and that quiet courage that exists among law enforcement officers all across the country."

Read the full list of "Top Cops" winners at the NAPO website.

Related:

Obama Honors Top Cops (video)

Tags: National Police Week, Barack Obama, Detroit PD, Paramus (N.J.) PD, NYPD, Miami-Dade PD, Officer Heroism, Awards and Honors


Comments (3)

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Morning Eagle @ 5/15/2012 12:54 PM

A collection of meaningless words when one considers the source. Some speechwriter wrote a nice sounding speech for him to read but neither he, holder, or the queen of the DHS care a whit about officers. They all will however, grab any opportunity for a photo op to make themselves look good.

Tom Ret @ 5/15/2012 10:01 PM

If one knew that Obama was sincere in his gratitude to the officers for their bravery that would be great as the officers no doubt deserve their accolades. However, so much of what Obama has said on other subjects has been just so many words that did not relate to reality. Therefore, I question whatever he does as probably politically motivated. I suspect that he holds an inner disdain for police and the military being the liberal that he is.

dmccartney1 @ 5/15/2012 10:20 PM

Personal politics aside, I look to see if law enforcement is getting the necessary funding to get the job done. So far, the Obama administration has been on point in that regard. "Attaboys" and photo ops on the other hand, will always be a part of law enforcement whether we like it or not.

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