IACP Press Release - Statement of IACP President Craig T. Steckler

For Immediate Release
April 20, 2013

Gene Voegtlin


Statement of IACP President Craig T. Steckler

Now that the urgency of the situation has passed, I wanted to take this opportunity, as President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), to express my deep sadness over the tragic events in Boston, their devastating impact on innocent victims, the attack on MBTA Police Officer Richard Donahue and the killing of the MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. I know that the members of the IACP join with me in offering our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families and all those affected by this unspeakable crime.

At the same time, I am incredibly proud of the profession that the IACP represents. As we all know, every day there are violent crimes committed that trouble us deeply. And during or just after each one of those incidents, America’s law enforcement officers willingly put their lives on the line each and every day to protect those they serve.

As President Obama noted yesterday, “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all our outstanding law enforcement professionals. These men and women get up every day, they put on that uniform; they risk their lives to keep us safe -- and as this week showed, they don't always know what to expect.”

The incidents of the past week, in Boston, in Texas and in cities and towns throughout the country, are clear reminders of the dangers that law enforcement officers face on a daily basis. That is why the IACP is committed to ensuring that the men and women of law enforcement have the tools, training, resources and expertise they need to protect their communities and themselves.

As our Nation moves forward after the Boston attacks, it is my sincere hope that the hard work and sacrifice of the men and women of law enforcement will not be forgotten and that all citizens remain aware of those brave officers that stand between them and harm.