U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) marked the start of Police Week 2017 with a ride-along with members of the Middletown Township Police Department on May 15. During the ride-along and station visit, Fitzpatrick and officers discussed community policing challenges, the battle against drug addiction as well as funding and safety.
“As a member of the law enforcement community, I saw firsthand the service and profound commitment to duty of police around our county, and our community,” said Fitzpatrick about Police Week. “The dedication and sacrifice of our Blue Line deserves to be respected every day, but Police Week is a special time to thank those serving, those who have served, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. To each, we are eternally grateful. So, in recognition of National Police Week 2017, I join with grateful communities around the nation in thanking all police and law enforcement.”
Fitzpatrick, a former FBI special agent and member of the Homeland Security Committee, has been an outspoken advocate for police and first responders during his first months in Congress and has made combating the opioid epidemic a focus of his efforts.
Earlier this year, he introduced the Children of Fallen Heroes Act [H.R. 949] – bipartisan legislation providing a boost of education aid for the children of law enforcement and first responders who have died in the line of duty. The bill is supported by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), National Association of Police Organizations, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), Major Cities Chiefs Association, and others.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick is serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th District which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).