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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In conjunction with National Peace Officers' Memorial Day and National Police Week, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today expressed her gratitude for fallen police officers and their families.

"Today is a day to recognize and appreciate the men and women in law enforcement and the tremendous sacrifice they make to protect our families," Senator Murray said.

"Our policemen and women put themselves in harm's way to ensure the safety and security of our communities. This year's commemoration is especially poignant as we remember those who lost their lives on September 11th. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our fallen officers in Washington state and around the country – they are truly our heroes."

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers' Memorial Day and the week in which May 15th occurs as National Police Week.

This annual event recognizes the law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during the preceding year. This year's remembrance recognizes the 233 officers who lost their lives during 2001, including those who died as a result of the September 11th attacks.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Murray has worked to provide funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, and was instrumental in restoring the budget cuts proposed by the Bush Administration last year. The COPS program provides funding to local jurisdictions to hire additional police officers to patrol their communities and has put more than 100,000 officers on local streets since its enactment in 1994.