CHICAGO – Jan. 9 marks National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and state Rep. Fran Hurley is encouraging area residents to thank their local police, sheriffs and state police for the work they do for the community.
“We should thank our law enforcement and their families for the sacrifices they make each and every day to keep us safe,” Hurley said. “This is incredibly difficult work, and it’s often a thankless job. Now more than ever, we need to come together and support these courageous, brave and often heroic individuals who are always on call to help us in our worst hour.”
This past session, Hurley led efforts to provide additional financial support for the widows and orphans of fallen Chicago firefighters and police by raising the survivor’s minimum annuity. Additionally, she helped to deliver increased funding for law enforcement in the state budget, worked to increase mental health assistance for officers and supported proposals to help recruit and retain new police. She also backed recommendations from law enforcement to expand the use of highway cameras, crack down on carjackings and target smash and grab retail thefts.
“I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a lot of our local police, and I remain grateful for everything they do,” Hurley said. “In Springfield, I will continue to represent their feedback and support commonsense legislation that better enables them to do their job safely and effectively.”