Vehicles as the weapon.
Tragic beginning to the week.
It is the first week after the United States’ Police Week Celebration which was held in Washington, DC and throughout the country. Unfortunately there was no respite from violent attacks against Police Officers.
On Sunday May 20 the Unfathomable happened when one of our sisters in law enforcement became the fatal victim of Domestic Violence when her father is reported to have deliberately drove his car into a restaurant she was dining in murdering her and her sister in law.
Please pray for the family, friend and colleagues of Gaston County Sheriff (NC) Corporal Katelyn Self.
On Monday another one of our sisters in law enforcement was brutally murder by a vehicle while on duty in Baltimore County (MD).
Police Officer Amy Caprio was run over by a teenage burglary suspect while attempting to stop he and his friends from fleeing her investigation. She was rushed to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
Officer Caprio is the first female Officer to die in the line of duty in the history of the Baltimore County Police Department.
Please keep the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Caprio in your prayers.
Today we also remember the slaying of another sister in law enforcement Cheshire Police Officer Elaine McIver who lost her life while attending an Arianna Grande Concert in Manchester UK. She and all those who lost their lives at this concert remain in our thoughts and prayers.
It’s important that we are vigilant in all we do. We never know from where an attack may come. Staying Alert is key. Sadly a sign of the times is that we are never off duty and can become a target at anytime.
I encourage you to talk with your family and friends to prepare them for the unthinkable. No where is safe. No one is safe from the violence of this age.
Attacks are happening at malls, at schools, at places of worship; places formerly considered safe venues are now being assaulted more and more often.
We must prepare for a “When” not “if “ scenario when it comes to potential threats.
This life is full of endless possible occurrences. We must not live our lives in fear. Mental preparation is our strength. Let’s learn from the lessons of our fallen.
Each time one of our sisters or brothers in law enforcement is injured or loses their life we must study the situation and learn from it. This is what the attackers do.
They take up the mantle of chaos and violence, we carry the shield of Peace and the mantle of Order (in enforcement of the law of the land ).
As we say goodbye to these brave warriors let us “live alert” in their honor.
We will be adding Corporal Self and Officer Caprio to our IAWP memorial site
and honoring them at our annual memorial ceremony at our Annual Conference in Calgary.
I pray for safety and protection over you all.
In your service,
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