WASHINGTON, District of Columbia- “Our state and nation depend on local law enforcement to uphold the laws we have established. Emergency personnel risk their lives to protect our families, but not every person demonstrates respect for those who serve us,” Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler says. “This issue has impacted Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District as we have lost two police officers from the Clinton Police Department in the line of duty this year.”

“Both the Clinton and Warsaw communities have seen their law enforcement killed or injured. As I recently reminded constituents during a visit to Lamar, our police officers are the daily heroes of our communities. The federal government should be working for our police forces, rather than against them. I am honored that two pieces of legislation I sponsored to support local law enforcement have passed the House.”

“Congress should empower local law enforcement to respond to direct threats. One of my pieces of legislation, the Police Officers Protecting Children Act, would allow school boards to choose if retired or off-duty police officers can carry a gun on school grounds during emergencies. This would benefit off-duty police officers who live in rural communities as other emergency personnel are often located far away. Congress also passed my bill that will allow local law enforcement to apply for federal grants to obtain more resources and combat human trafficking, one of the greatest epidemics affecting our nation.”

“I believe we can help to protect our local law enforcement by making it easier for them to target threats and defend themselves. Please join me in demonstrating support for our police forces, and please keep our officers and their families in your prayers.”