Do you think wearing on-body cameras on duty should be mandatory?
Each year, about 1,100 officers participate in the Police Unity Tour, a 320-mile bicycle ride from New Jersey to D.C. during National Police Week. The ride honors fallen officers from the prior year and raises funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). Read our coverage of the unity tour.
Still, the priorities of the American people are clearly out of order. Thousands of officers have died in the line of duty, and hundreds of thousands of men and women continue to serve and protect. They are heroes.
These shooters didn't know the officers they killed; they just knew they were officers. All they saw in their sights were badges.
The Philadelphia Police Department's motorcycle drill teams headed to D.C. for National Police Week to honor the four Philly officers who were killed in the line of duty during 2008. While they were here, the Philadelphia Motorcyle Drill Team put on two demonstrations.
The thought of not being there for my boy and leaving others to exert some control in fashioning his principles, values, and priorities began to weigh heavily on my mind. Would others step up to assist him in my absence? How would he ultimately deal with my absence?
"I love my father, but one thing I know he would want me to learn from his experiences is that this kind of dedication can cost you. There's always a cost, and in his case, it cost him his life, but also time with his family."
-Jim Chadwell Jr.