The men and women of our law enforcement put their lives on the line each day to protect our families and our communities. They sacrifice holidays, weekends, and other precious time with family and friends to serve the public.

There may be times when we are frustrated with law enforcement officers, like when we drive too fast or park in the wrong spot. But at the end of the day, they are doing their jobs of upholding our laws and keeping the peace.

So even in our occasional frustration, let us never forget the ones we turn to in times of need.

They are among the first to respond when a disaster strikes, helping friends and strangers alike. They are present to ensure that a special community event does not turn into a tragedy. We owe them not only our thanks, but also our prayers.

Too often, we hear tragic stories of law enforcement officers who never make it home to their own families because they are helping us get home to ours.

So far this year, we have lost 40 officers in the line of duty in our country, including one in Oklahoma.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week; this year it is May 12th- May 18th.

Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

During National Police Week, I want to say thank you to Oklahoma’s law enforcement officers, the Capitol Police on Capitol Hill, and all of our nation’s law enforcement who stand willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget the men and women who made that sacrifice.

As Jesus taught us: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’ Our law enforcement officials are the peacemakers of our communities. Today, and every day, I am grateful for the peace they uphold in all of our lives.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) represents the second district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached through, and at 3109 Azalea Park Drive, Muskogee, OK, 74401, 918-687-2533 or 202-225-2701