WHEREAS, protecting the safety and wellbeing of all Alaskans is the first priority and highest calling of the State of Alaska. It is important that all citizens know and understand the duties and responsibilities of their law enforcement officers and agencies; and
WHEREAS, we recognize the sacrifices made by our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect our families and communities, preserve the values we hold dear, and enforce the rule of law; and
WHEREAS, the mission of law enforcement requires officers to have the ability to act courageously and quickly, to make the right decisions under pressure from imminent threats, to run toward danger instead of away, and to act with empathy and compassion by serving others in their greatest time of need; and
WHEREAS, the vast landscape and harsh environments that make Alaska so distinct also provide unique circumstances for the dedicated men and women of Alaska’s law enforcement agencies who are selflessly serving Alaskans in some of the most challenging environments in the world; and
WHEREAS, the State of Alaska and its citizens are honored to stand by our dedicated law enforcement professionals – our everyday heroes, including Alaska’s local Police forces, the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Park Rangers, Village Public Safety Officers, and Correctional Officers – and lend our wholehearted support to them as they continue to dedicate themselves to the betterment of all.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim January 9, 2023 as:
Alaska Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to honor and show appreciation for the law enforcement personnel and the role they play in preserving the health and safety of our communities in the Last Frontier.