President Obama and Vice President Biden honored 34 law enforcement officers chosen as the year's “Top Cops” over the weekend in the White House Rose Garden. “Some of them will tell you they don't deserve to be called heroes. They're entitled to their opinion. I disagree with them,” the President said, according to the New York Times.
Biden was especially effusive, crediting Obama with fighting to win $1 billion for the federal Community Oriented Policing Service program that Biden as a senator helped create in 1994. Alluding to Republican governors who have tangled with public-sector unions, Biden drew big applause when he said, “It also takes leadership, the type demonstrated by the president, to stand up for folks who want to take away your collective bargaining rights.” The National Association of Police Organizations has picked Top Cops annually since 1994. This year's winners included men and women, whites, blacks and Latinos, and officers from New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago as well as from small towns like Copley, Oh., Paramus, N.J., and Woburn, Ma. Nearly half were from Detroit — 15 police officers who were attacked in their precinct station by a gunman; four were wounded.