Alaska's law enforcement officers received a round of congratulations Wednesday from the state’s new governor.

Mike Dunleavy signed a proclamation marking Wednesday as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Juneau, surrounded by Alaska State Troopers as well as Juneau Police Department and Alaska Department of Corrections officers. In a statement Wednesday evening, he urged Alaskans to “thank and appreciate the brave men and women that give their all to safeguard the health and well-being of our families and communities.”

“Alaskans stand by our everyday heroes, including Alaska’s local police forces, the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Park Rangers, Village Public Safety Officers, and Correctional Officers, and lend our wholehearted support to them as they continue to give of themselves for the benefit of all,” Dunleavy said.

According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, agencies across Alaska employed a total of about 1,300 sworn law enforcement officers based on data from 2008, the most recent year available.

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