MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has been honored by the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association (FLEOA) as this year's Law Enforcement Leader of the Year award winner.
"I am both humbled and honored to receive this award and designation from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association," Sheriff Clarke said in a statement. "I have been on a mission to defend American law enforcement officers nationwide against the slander and unfair maligning of their character, integrity, service and sacrifice."
The sheriff will be in New York City Tuesday evening to accept the award.
The FLEOA is a 501(c)3 corporation with 26,000 members, and "is the largest non-partisan professional association that represents federal and task force officers nationwide."
"Attacks from cop-hating and anti-police groups have done great damage to this proud profession. This is causing law enforcement officers to be less assertive in defending the rule of law and maintaining order in poor, minority communities who depend on police the most," Clarke's statement said.
"I want to thank the FLEOA, and I accept this award on behalf of every person who wears the uniform of their law enforcement agency and goes out every day to serve and protect all citizens."