Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks To The Sheriffs’ Association Of Texas

July 31, 2017 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks at the 139th annual Sheriffs' Association Training Conference and Expo in Grapevine, Texas. In his speech, the Governor outlined legislation passed during the 85th legislative session to further protect and honor Texas peace officers, including the designation of July 7th as Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Day, making it a hate crime to target a peace officer because of the uniform they wear, and establishing a $25 million grant program for rifle-resistant body armor.

“Respect for our law enforcement officers must be restored in our nation,” said Governor Abbott. “The badge every sheriff and every officer wear over his or her heart is a reminder of a sacred trust, commitment and contract with each of us. For law enforcement to stand in front of us and all that threatens, we must stand behind them. It is time for us to unite as Texans and as Americans and to say no more – no more will we tolerate disrespect for those who serve, and no more will we allow the evil merchants of hate tear us apart.”