A resolution honoring law enforcement officers was approved today by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.


The resolution proclaimed May 15-21 as Police Week in Oklahoma.


There are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in the United States and there are nearly 60,000 assaults against them every year resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries, according to the resolution.


“These are our heroes in our state,” said author Rep. Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City. “Each and every day, men and women in law enforcement put themselves at risk to keep us secure. Without the sacrifice they make, there would be no justice. These brave men and women will live in our hearts forever.”


Since the first recorded law enforcement death in 1791, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, including 488 Oklahoman law enforcement officers. The names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.


May 15 is designated as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.