I recently had the honor of accepting the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) President’s Award at the organization’s Legacy of Honor Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The black tie event was one of the highlights of the annual Police Week event organized by the NLEOMF, which recognizes individuals and organizations that honor the profession of law enforcement.

“Law enforcement officers face immense challenges during the course of their work. Having world-class tools like Thomson Reuters CLEAR software solution at their disposal makes their work more efficient which saves lives and keeps communities safer,” said Craig W. Floyd, NLEOMF president and CEO.

As the managing director of the Government segment for Thomson Reuters, I have the honor to meet many unique customer groups, including those in law enforcement, and I am continually inspired by the work they do to protect each and every one of us on a daily basis. To play even a small role in that vital work is a tremendous honor, and it is one of the motivators behind the Thomson Reuters Everyday Heroes program.

For example, CLEAR was instrumental in helping the San Bernardino Police Department locate the shooters who attacked the Inland Regional Center in December 2015 and was the only investigative resource that identified a current address for the suspects. And last November, CLEAR was central to the case of abducted infant in Detroit, who with a time-sensitive medical need, was located and returned to her family within hours of her disappearance. Both stories were selected as Thomson Reuters Everyday Heroes award winners respectively, and they remind us of how accurate, trusted information can make all the difference when seconds matter.

l to r: Steve Rubley of TR; Michelle Cunningham of TR; John Ashcroft, former attorney general and chairman of the board NLEOMF; Heather McDade of TR; Dan DeSimone of TR

l to r: Steve Rubley of TR; Michelle Cunningham of TR; John Ashcroft, former attorney general and chairman of the board NLEOMF; Heather McDade of TR; Dan DeSimone of TR

Receiving this award was a great honor, particularly when you consider the grand tradition behind Police Week. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared that the week of May 15 each year would be designated as Police Week. Since then, thousands of officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. to not only celebrate the profession but honor the fallen. This is where the mission of the NLEOMF takes center stage: “… to tell the story of American law enforcement and make it safer for those who serve.”

In addition to promoting the value of law enforcement, the NLEOMF maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. and is constructing the National Law Enforcement Museum next to the memorial.

This post was written by Steve Rubley, managing director of Thomson Reuters Government business.