Rosen Recognized LVMPD Officer Truong Thai Who Was Killed In The Line Of Duty Last Year, And Added Names of Fallen Nevada Law Enforcement Officers To The Congressional Record
Watch Senator Rosen’s Speech HERE.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, during National Police Week, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) took to the Senate floor to recognize and honor law enforcement officers in Nevada and across the nation, particularly officers who died in the line of duty. Senator Rosen specifically recognized Las Vegas Metro Police Department Officer Truong Thai, who was killed in October while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Following her remarks, Senator Rosen submitted into the Congressional Record the names of Nevada law enforcement officers who recently passed.
Senator Rosen continues working to support Nevada’s law enforcement in their efforts to keep communities safe. Senator Rosen recently co-sponsored the bipartisan Recruit and Retain Act, which would help law enforcement agencies’ efforts to hire and retain more police amid the national police officer staffing shortage affecting Nevada. As part of the government funding legislation last year, Senator Rosen also secured millions in funding for police departments across Nevada. Earlier this year, she also announced federal funding opportunities for local police departments to hire more officers and incentivize community policing efforts.
Watch Senator Rosen’s full remarks here.
Below are Senator Rosen’s floor remarks as delivered:
Madam President, this week marks National Police Week, a time to recognize and honor the courageous work of the men and women who keep our communities safe.
These heroes, you know, these heroes, they put their lives on the line to protect our communities, and I want to give special thanks to the law enforcement officers across Nevada who serve every day with honor and integrity.
And I want Nevada police officers to know: I have your back, we have your back Madam President, presiding officer [and] my senior Senator from Nevada, we have your back.
That means working to see that our law enforcement officers have access to resources, training, and recruitment support – the kinds of things they need to do their jobs safely.
And we should also honor the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty protecting our communities.
These men and women, well they were heroes, they left behind families, friends, colleagues, and the communities they served and helped to protect.
Men and women like Las Vegas Metro Police Department Officer was tragically shot and killed this past October while responding to a domestic disturbance call.
Officer Thai, who came to this country as a child from Vietnam. He was a pillar of our community. He was deeply devoted to his family.
He was an experienced patrol officer who trained new recruits over the course of his career. And Officer Thai has been described as a mentor to his colleagues, one who said he, “did the job for all the right reasons.”
Officer Thai was also a friend to so many, a consummate family man and when he wasn’t directly serving the community in uniform, he was often coaching volleyball or out on the water, boating with his family and friends.
[And] Seven months since he was murdered, Officer Thai continues to be missed by his loved ones and the entire Las Vegas community and no one will forget him and his service and his kindness.
And unfortunately, Officer Thai is not the only one. Far too many officers – far too many officers – have been killed in the line of duty.
So, today, I am also thinking of these fallen officers and all those who died in the line of duty in Nevada.
So, Madam President, to honor their lives and bravery, I ask Unanimous Consent to submit a list of names of Nevada police officers who recently passed away and whose names have been added to the Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial for printing in the Congressional record.
These officers – these brave officers – made the ultimate sacrifice for our communities, and they deserve our eternal gratitude.
I will continue to work with my colleagues here in the Senate on solutions that support our police departments, the officers who serve, and always their families.