Hoeven Helps Introduce & Pass Resolution Honoring CBP Operations Manager Chris Bacon & All 159 Officers Killed in the Line of Duty in 2018

Resolution Designates May 12-18 as National Police Week

WASHINGTON – In recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day, Senator John Hoeven this week helped introduce and pass a bipartisan resolution honoring the 159 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2018, including Christopher Bacon, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Operations Manager from Grand Forks who died in a vehicle collision while on duty last June. Bacon served in the CBP for 22 years, starting as a Border Patrol Agent in 1995 and having previously served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda, and four children, Bobby, Jake, Kristen and Jasmine, who are visiting Washington, D.C. this week to attend the annual candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

The resolution passed this week designates May 12-18 as National Police Week, expressing strong support for the vital role of law enforcement in building safe communities and commemorating the sacrifices made by officers and their families. 

“Our nation’s law enforcement officers and their families take on tremendous personal burdens and risk in service to their communities and fellow citizens,” Hoeven said. “Christopher Bacon long demonstrated his commitment to such service, helping to protect our nation both in the Army and the CBP. We extend our gratitude and deepest sympathies to his family, and join with them in honoring Christopher and every single officer who has fallen in the line of duty. In adding these names to the National Law Enforcement Memorial, we will help ensure that officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice will always be remembered.”

The officers’ names will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., joining the names of more than 21,500 other fallen law enforcement officers. This includes Fargo Police Officer Jason Moszer and Rolette County Sheriff’s Deputy Colt Allery, who were killed in the line of duty in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and were honored under similar resolutions that Hoeven cosponsored in past years.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was dedicated in October 1991 and serves as the national monument honoring law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Since 1962, Peace Officers Memorial Day has been observed every May 15th. The week in which that day falls has been designated as National Police Week.