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June 15, 2015

The murder of Edmonton police Constable Daniel Woodall is but the latest example of the tremendous danger faced by men and women in blue during the course of the daily work. This killing follows on the heels of the murder of RCMP Constable David Wynn in St. Albert in January.

We extend our sympathy to the wives and children of both officers who will bear the brunt of these heinous acts for the rest of their lives.

In light of these murders, it is appropriate to recall the words of Pope Francis May 21 to members of the Italian state police and the family members of officers who died in service.

The pope went so far as to compare police officers with Jesus for their willingness to serve and not be served. By serving others, a person "fulfills his or her life, even in the eventuality that he or she may lose it, as Jesus did by dying on the cross," he said.

"The community is indebted to you for the possibility of living an orderly life, free of the arrogance of violent and corrupt people," Pope Francis said. The witness of Christian values is "all the more eloquent in these times," when people are often unable to channel their sense of generosity toward a commitment that is "coherent and stable."

We owe a great debt of gratitude to all police officers and their family members for the risks they take so Canadians can live in society marked by peace and security.