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Watch Kennedy’s full remarks here.

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee helped introduce a resolution to designate May 14 through May 20, 2023 as National Police Week. The Senate unanimously adopted the resolution.

“I wanted to take a few minutes to thank our law enforcement officers in Louisiana. They’ve got a difficult job, and they do not get the appreciation that they deserve. Some people think police officers are a bigger problem than criminals, but the people who think that are wrong. All of us know—most fair-minded people know—our officers save lives and our police officers serve their communities honorably, and we’re thankful for them,” said Kennedy.

The resolution:

  • Designates the week of May 14 through May 20, 2023, as “National Police Week.”
  • Expresses unwavering support for law enforcement officers across the U.S. in the pursuit of preserving safe and secure communities.
  • Recognizes the need to ensure that law enforcement officers have the equipment, training and resources that are necessary in order to protect the health and safety of the officers while they protect the public.
  • Recognizes the law enforcement community for unseen acts of sacrifice and heroism.
  • Acknowledges that police officers and other law enforcement personnel, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, should be remembered and honored.
  • Expresses condolences and solemn appreciation to the loved ones of each law enforcement officer who has made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
  • Encourages the people of the U.S. to observe National Police Week by honoring law enforcement personnel and promoting awareness of the essential mission that law enforcement personnel undertake in service to their communities and the U.S.


  • Kennedy introduced the Back the Blue Act to increase penalties for criminals who target law enforcement officers and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves.

The full resolution is available here.