Every year since 1962, the week of May 15 has been recognized as National Police Week: in Hennepin County, in State Capitols across the country, and in Washington, D.C. Each year, we honor and pay tribute to those in law enforcement who have lost their lives in the line of duty. On Saturday, May 13th, I had the honor of reading the names of Minnesota’s four fallen officers at the Annual Candlelight Vigil, as 30,000 peace officers and survivor families gathered on the U.S. Capitol lawn.
With the moving sight of thousands of candles, I couldn’t help but recall the oath I took in 1984 to become a sworn peace officer in the State of Minnesota, and renewed when I became Sheriff. I am very proud of my profession, and it is an honor every day to serve with the men and women of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. Serving as a peace officer is my life’s calling.
In the past few years I have worked to address the crisis of untreated mental illness, reduce violent crime, engage the community to build trust between residents and law enforcement, and bring law enforcement resources to fight the opioid epidemic. This work has become personal to me and to my family, and it is with their love and support that I choose to rededicate my efforts for the next four years to this work.
I am very pleased to announce that I am running for Sheriff of Hennepin County in 2018.