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July 4th Message to American Law Enforcement

To American Law Enforcement:

Today, as with so many holidays, you are away from celebrations with family and friends keeping others safe from crime and disorder — at the ready to answer calls for service from those in need. As people gather to commemorate the birth of our nation, you remain vigilant with counterterrorism on the forefront of your mind.

The Profession I love and the one you have sworn an oath to be a part of is more complicated than ever. Law enforcement finds itself caught in the middle of politics and rhetoric, and the rise in crime across the country. But we can take solace in your resolve, in your ability to continue to stand tall.

When you are doubtful of your career, remember why you chose this noble profession. Remember why you took your oath. Remember those who came before us, the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Remember you are part of something greater than yourself. Know that the public needs you, and you work matters. After all — the freedoms we celebrate today, those written by our founding fathers 246 years ago — rest on the public safety that you provide.

It was President Teddy Roosevelt, former head of the New York City Police Commission, who said “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”

As police, your work is the underpinning of this idea. And through it, you lead lives of significance.

Thank you for choosing to serve our communities, and for making a difference every day. I wish you and your loved ones a happy Fourth of July.

Cops Count - Police Matter.


Bill Bratton



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