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National Police Week


A rkansas’ heroic police officers put their lives on the line every single day to protect their fellow citizens and maintain law and order in our state; and law enforcement officers have come under increasing attack in recent years, both physically – from criminals – and politically – from the radical left.

Whereas common sense Arkansans know that our police are the thin blue line that separates our safe communities from chaos and lawlessness and that police are, and will always be, critical to the safety of our state.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 15th National Police Week, and since then, tens of thousands of police officers and their families, including Arkansans, travel to Washington, D.C. every year to celebrate law enforcement and pay tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters; and In 2023, on Peace Officers Memorial Day, Monday, May 15, we remember the officers who have perished in the line of duty over the last year: Joshua Caudell, Michael Springer, Paul Newell, Jeremiah Story, William Shibley, and Donald Scoby. These men made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe; and Whereas Arkansas and this Administration will always Back the Blue and fight for a Safer, Stronger Arkansas, now therefore, I, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim May 14th through 20th, 2023 as National Police Week, and remind individuals of the importance of celebrating our police officers and their service, and honoring fallen law enforcement heroes.

Cleanup extension request

It’s clear that we still have a long road ahead for our state, and that cleanup efforts will impose substantial costs on affected communities. I’m thankful for the federal government’s prior approval of my 100 percent cost share request, but as that program’s initial thirty days come to an end, Arkansans are still struggling. Today, I’m asking our federal partners to extend the cost share agreement by an additional thirty days to help Arkansas get back on its feet.

Gov. Sarah Sanders

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