National Police Week honors dedicated professionals

On May 11-17, the Marshalltown Police Department will be celebrating National Police Week. May 15 is National Police Officer Memorial Day. This is an excellent time to reflect upon those law enforcement professionals who have made the ultimate sacrifice and have given their lives in protection of our communities across the United States. This is also an excellent time to thank our local law enforcement professionals for all that they do each and every day to serve and protect our communities.

It takes a special person to be successful in law enforcement. The city of Marshalltown is fortunate to have dedicated and compassionate professionals serving in our community. The men and women of the Marshalltown Police Department strive each day to provide exceptional police services. I feel fortunate to work with such a wonderful group of professionals. I want to take this time to personally thank all of the Marshalltown Police Department’s police officers, detectives, reserve police officers, E911 communications personnel, and police department support staff for their service to our community. They all do an outstanding job and I greatly appreciate all of their efforts. I also wish to thank the Marshalltown Police Citizen’s Volunteer group for their tremendous support each and every year.

The Marshalltown Police Department also appreciates the excellent working relationship we have with the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Ted Kamatchus and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office serve our community with pride and professionalism. The citizens of Marshall County are very fortunate to have such an outstanding law enforcement organization as the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office serving in this community. Additionally, the police department enjoys a great working relationship with other law enforcement agencies working in Marshall County. Chief Bunn and the State Center Police Department along with Chief Hauser and the Melbourne police department are all providing valuable public safety services in their communities. Last but certainly not least, there are a great group of county conservation officers, DNR officers, state police officers and state police investigators who routinely provide valuable law enforcement services in our community.

It is important for everyone to remember that being a police officer can be, and very often is, a dangerous profession. According to statistics taken from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund website, on average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. Over the last decade, on average 150 police officers are killed on duty in the United States each year and over 50,000 assaults on peace officers occur each year. One hundred police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2013. So far in 2014, there have been 45 law enforcement deaths in the United States.

These occurrences, and the possibility of danger, weigh heavily on the hearts and minds of each police officer’s family. Spouses, parents, children and other family members are the unsung heroes for our law enforcement professionals. Without their support, officers would not be able to effectively do their jobs. I would be remiss if I failed to thank the family members of Marshalltown police personnel for their support and tolerance each and every day of the year. We appreciate what you sacrifice to allow us to serve.

The men and women of the Marshalltown Police Department are dedicated to providing our community with high quality and professional law enforcement services. We appreciate the opportunity to work with community members each and every day and we remain committed to partnering with the community to make Marshalltown a great place to live, recreate and work. I am proud to serve alongside the dedicated professionals working in the police department.

If you get a chance next week, take time to thank your law enforcement professionals for serving the Marshalltown community. Stay safe Marshalltown!

Mike Tupper is the Chief of Police for the city of Marshalltown.