Press Release

Sente Honors Law Enforcement; Works to Strengthen Public Safety Laws


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, joined law enforcement agencies from across the state for the Annual Police Officers Memorial Ceremony outside of the Capitol earlier this week.

"It takes a special kind of courage to be on the front lines, protecting our families, as well as to be the person everyone depends on in their greatest time of need," Sente said. "We need to thank the brave men and women who put their own lives at risk every day to keep our communities safe and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to do so."

Working to protect first responders, Sente supported House Bill 3184, which would classify aggravated assault of a peace officer, fireman, or emergency medical technician as a felony offense. Sente also co-sponsored House Bill 154, which would place limits on potential sentence credit to prisoners who have harmed a peace officer performing official duties.

The Illinois Police Officers Memorial is dedicated to honoring the men and women of law enforcement who have given their lives in performance of their duties. Each year on the first Thursday of May, a ceremony is held to honor fallen officers and their families.

Sente and members of the Wheeling Police Department discuss ways to maintain an open dialogue on public safety issues throughout the year.