At its Sept. 18 meeting, the Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen and mayor unanimously approved Resolution No. 319 to recognize, declare solidarity with and gratitude for men and women who serve, or have served, as law enforcement officers.
Specifically, the resolution called for the city staff to “…recognize, declare solidarity with, and express support and gratitude for the men and women who serve, or have served, as law enforcement officers, and in particular to those who serve or reside in Dardenne Prairie and in the region.”
The resolution’s language also extends to officers serving across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico and calls for public officials and the law-abiding public to support law enforcement officers who face threats of violence or retaliation while in the line of duty.
The resolution cites recent studies by the Manhattan Institute and others that caution the rise of crime statistics should law enforcement officers become less willing to initiate contact with the public. According to the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division, which the resolution also cited, an estimated 499 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the U.S. and Puerto Rico in the last five reported years 2014–2018, 109 of which were killed in 2018 alone.
Copies of the resolution will be sent to various police chiefs and staff members in Cottleville, Foristell, O’Fallon, St. Peters, Wentzville, and St. Charles City and County. A copy will also be sent to Missouri Highway Patrol Superintendent, Col. Eric T. Olson.