Last week, Deputy Minister Aydin, head of the Iraqi Police Service toured the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO, Craig W. Floyd, showed him panels 9-W to 22-W, where the names of 72 officers killed on September 11, 2001 are engraved. Deputy Minister Aydin laid a rose to honor their service and sacrifice.
Deputy Minister Aydin is a law enforcement officer and head of the Iraqi Police Service, which has 300,000 uniformed officers and is the largest police force in Iraq. Three years ago, Honorable Jawad Karim al Bulani, Iraqi Minister of the Interior, visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to lay a ceremonial wreath in honor of all law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
At that time, he remarked that approximately 12,000 Iraqi police and security officers have died in the line of duty. Sadly, Deputy Minister Aydin shared that figure had grown to over 19,000 officers killed since 2003.