As law enforcement officers assembled in our nation’s capital to mark National Police Week, some behind the badge warn of a rising tide of anti-police sentiment across the United States and are placing part of the blame on churches, where outrage over police shootings are usually aired. After two years of virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, National Police Week has returned to live, in-person affairs from May 11 to May 17 in Washington, D.C., to recognize those who serve and those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum held ceremonies to commemorate the fallen officers. The latter's names were newly added to the memorial, including the event’s 34th annual Candlelight Vigil last Friday. [tweet_embed] May 21, 2022[/tweet_embed] This year, 619 names were added to the memorial — 472 of whom were killed in the line of duty in 2021, including 319 officers who perished from COVID-19. The rest lost their lives in prior years. Rebecca Lynn, the author of Proud Police Wife: 90 Devotions for Women Behind the Badge and a police wife of 15 years, told The Christian Post the memorial is a possibility for families to see the lives and service of their loved ones honored. “We can remember those officers that we lost, and really thank their family members and give support to those family members as well, to let them know the legacy of their loved one will not be forgotten,” Lynn expressed. Lynn says since 2020 — and particularly in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota — media headlines have been a source of strain and tension for officers. [tweet_embed] May 21, 2022[/tweet_embed] “While people are moving on with their lives, trying to get past the pandemic ... what 2020 brought with protests and riots, people kind of thing that’s over, but it’s not over,” she stated. “Law enforcement officers and their families and departments are still dealing with the kickback from what we’ve seen.” It’s a reality that was lately addressed in comments made by FBI Director Christopher Wray, in which he alerted of a “phenomena” of violence against police officers. Wray briefed “60 Minutes” that there was about a 60% increase in police killings — including 73 officers killed in 2021 — “is one of the biggest phenomena that I think doesn’t get enough attention.” Adam Davis, a former law enforcement officer, FBI-trained hostage negotiator, and co-author of Prayers & Promises for First Responders, told The Christian Post it’s time for Christians to guide the way in civically upholding law enforcement. He’s calling for those supporting police to “be louder than the voice of those who oppose us and who hate us.” [tweet_embed] May 21, 2022[/tweet_embed] “We need the Church to stand up and not be cowards. We need the Church to be a voice of the righteous for those who are good,” he declared, citing Revelation 21:8. “We can’t sit on the sideline anymore. We have to be a voice.” Davis cautioned that the anti-police narrative coming from the mainstream media is part of a more extensive effort to discredit local law enforcement. “We have to address the reality here. ... There are organizations and groups that have a political agenda, and to further their agenda, they need cops out of the way,” Davis expressed. “That’s the sad reality, but it’s a fact." “They’re not going to stop going after cops. They’re going to come after your families, they're going to attack your families, and guess who’s going to be there when there’s a fraction of the law enforcement presence when evil comes to your doorstep?” According to Lynn, the narrative pushes more law enforcement officers to believe in changing careers altogether.