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Rod J. Rosenstein

Thank a cop

Thank a cop

Law enforcement is indispensable to a civilized society. Unfortunately, we often take for granted the many extraordinary men and women who provide it. National Police Week, which concludes Saturday , is a good time to thank police officers for their invaluable service.

President John F. Kennedy issued the first Police Week proclamation in 1962. He noted that "law enforcement agencies play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms which have been guaranteed by the Constitution to every American citizen."

Police agencies were less professional in those days, with fewer policies and procedures. And police were not constrained by some of the federal...