From fighting drug and human trafficking at our borders to supervising some of the world’s most violent criminals in our prisons, federal law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to ensure the safety of our communities.
You probably don’t come in regular contact with many of these officers – the Border Patrol agents guarding our borders, the Bureau of Prisons correctional officers supervising our federal prisons, the Federal Protective Services providing security for our government facilities, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents fighting drug and human trafficking, the law enforcement officers in the Department of Defense and VA, and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency officers who monitor individuals on probation, parole, and supervised release in the District of Columbia. They are the men and women who make this country a safe and enjoyable place to live.
AFGE is proud to represent tens of thousands of law enforcement and public safety officers at all of these agencies. Each of them swore an oath to protect and serve their country. Many of our officers have died in the line of duty, paying the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. Men like Osvaldo Albarati, Eric Williams, Jose Rivera, Gerardo Hernandez, and many others upheld their oath until their last breath.
As officers gather in Washington for National Police Week, AFGE extends our gratitude and appreciation to everyone who puts on the uniform to fight for our safety and protection. We also honor them memory of those we've lost, and reaffirm our commitment to do what is necessary to make sure we never lose another officer.
This year, we are also proud to report that during Law Enforcement Week, we won passage of an important bill in the House of Representatives that would make our federal prisons a lot safer. The Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act would make permanent the BOP policy of providing gun lockers to correctional workers so that prison employees can defend themselves on their commute to and from work. The men and women who keep our communities safe by safeguarding our nation’s prisons deserve the right to feel safe at work!