Romney Commemorates National Police Week, Honors Fallen Santaquin Sergeant Bill Hooser

Bipartisan resolution honors 226 officers lost in the line of duty in 2023

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution marking National Police Week and reiterating support for the men and women in law enforcement. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) cosponsored the bipartisan resolution, led by Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chair Dick Durbin (D-IL), with 75 of his Senate colleagues. 

“On May fifth, Sergeant Bill Hooser of the Santaquin Police Department was killed in the line of duty. Earlier this week, Utahns from across the state gathered to mourn his loss with his loved ones and reflect on his life and service. My heart goes out to those family members and dear friends he left behind. Sergeant Hooser’s sacrifice is an important reminder to all of us—every single day our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line to protect our communities,” Senator Romney said. “During National Police Week, may we all pause to honor our law enforcement officers, extend our gratitude for their service, and remember those whose lives have been tragically lost in the line of duty. I especially want to thank our officers in Utah and to those who serve on the U.S. Capitol Police force. Ann and I continue to pray for your safety.”

The bipartisan resolution:

  • Designates the week of May 12 through May 18, 2024, as “National Police Week.”
  • Lists by name the 226 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during 2023.
  • Expresses unwavering support for law enforcement officers across the United States in the pursuit of preserving safe and secure communities.
  • Recognizes the need to ensure that law enforcement officers have the equipment, training, and resources that are necessary in order to protect the health and safety of the officers while the officers protect the public.
  • Acknowledges that police officers and other law enforcement personnel, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, should be remembered and honored.
  • Expresses condolences and solemn appreciation to the loved ones of each law enforcement officer who has made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
  • Encourages the people of the United States to observe National Police Week by honoring law enforcement personnel and promoting awareness of the essential mission that law enforcement personnel undertake in service to their communities and the United States.

Along with Romney, Graham, and Durbin, the resolution is cosponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), John Cornyn (R-TX), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Lee (R-UT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Alex Padilla (D-CA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Jon Ossoff (D-GA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jack Reed (D-RI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tom Carper (D-DE), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Casey (D-PA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jon Tester (D-MT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John Thune (R-SD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), John Barrasso (R-WY), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Jim Risch (R-ID), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Angus King (I-ME), John Boozman (R-AR), Tim Kaine (D-VA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Gary Peters (D-MI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Rand Paul (R-KY), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tim Scott (R-SC), Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Fetterman (D-PA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Todd Young (R-IN), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Braun (R-IN), Rick Scott (R-FL), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Tedd Budd (R-NC), J.D. Vance (R-OH), Eric Schmitt (R-MO), Katie Britt (R-AL), and Pete Ricketts (R-NE).

Text of the resolution is available here.