Justice and Public Safety
May 16, 2017

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety:

Minister Parsons Recognizes National Police Week

Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize May 14 to 20 as National Police Week and acknowledge the important work of our Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Across this province, the dedicated women and men of our police agencies contribute to the safety and security of our communities. They are to be applauded for their unwavering dedication to protecting the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Speaker, the brave members of our law enforcement services often face difficult and dangerous situations. On Wednesday, I will pay tribute to the fallen peace officers who have been killed in the performance of their duties, when I represent the province at an International Police and Peace Officer Memorial Service. The multi-denominational ceremony, held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in St. John’s, will honour officers who died and recognize the sacrifice peace officers make to keep us safe.

Throughout the year, citizens can also visit the police and peace officer memorial here on the grounds of Confederation Building.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Honourable members to join me in thanking the police and peace officers across this province for the difficult work they do every day. I encourage the public to work in partnership with police services by reporting crimes to assist in creating safe, positive communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thank you.

2017 05 16                              1:50 p.m.