Gov. John Bel Edwards has proclaimed Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) in Louisiana to honor the dedicated men and women who proudly serve and protect citizens across the state.

“Law enforcement officers deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for the incredible job they do every day in order to keep us all safe, and we are immensely grateful for the sacrifices they and their families make,” said Gov. Edwards. “Likewise, we will always honor the service and sacrifices of all officers injured and killed in the line of duty. Those who wear the badge do so knowing the dangers they could face, which is the testament of a true servant. I join with others throughout our state and country today to extend a heartfelt thank you to the men and women who put their lives on the line heeding the call to serve.”

Currently, there are more than 18,050 sworn officers serving within 348 law enforcement agencies in Louisiana. Here are the latest statistics from Louisiana State Police:

  • Louisiana line of duty deaths in 2017: 5 (down from 10 in 2016)
  • United States line of duty deaths in 2017: 125 (down from 148 in 2016)
  • Line of duty deaths from gunfire down 33% nationwide in 2017
  • Louisiana experienced the 6th highest line of duty deaths total in the nation for 2017 behind Texas, New York, Florida, California, and Georgia

In addition to the proclamation, the Governor’s Mansion will be lit in blue to honor law enforcement in Louisiana and across the nation.

Read the proclamation here.