This year’s National Police Week is wrapping up. There have been several observance ceremonies nationwide honoring the loss of officers who have been killed in the line of duty including the National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service in Washington D.C. where each year, officers are remembered and their names are engraved in the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial as a final tribute for the bravery they exhibited. Those who choose the profession of law enforcement are exceptional in that they are required to adapt to many situations that most of us would rather avoid. They must have the ability to develop many traits that are a fitting response to distinct situations, and they should evolve throughout their careers in a way that allows them to cultivate an appropriate demeanor as they act in the many roles that they have acquired. The roles that we all expect them to flawlessly exhibit in the face of such extreme situations. It is an incredible obligation. Those who are willing to accept the oath and enter into the profession of law enforcement are taking on a responsibility which should not be taken lightly. They will be challenged in many ways as they begin their journey to seasoned officers and they will encounter many unusual situations. Sometimes those situations make great stories that become legend among officers and lasting memories among the friends that are made along the way. Sometimes those situations leave a department with the memories of a friendship that was taken from us far too soon. It is with great honor that we commend those who have dedicated their careers to the profession of law enforcement and remember those who are no longer with us.