In recognition of her work to support New Jersey’s law enforcement officers and first responders, Assemblywoman Shanique Speight was selected to receive the 2021 Legislator of the Year Award from the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA). The award will be presented to her at the Annual Valor Awards Banquet in Atlantic City on November 20.
Assemblywoman Speight, who is an Essex County Sherriff’s Officer in addition to serving in the Legislature, was selected for this award because of her efforts to address issues affecting the State’s first responders and her community.
“I am truly honored to receive this award, but I am even more honored to be an advocate for New Jersey’s law enforcement officers and other first responders,” said Assemblywoman Speight (D-Essex). “I am extremely passionate about what I do both as a law enforcement officer, and as a legislator. Being able to intersect my knowledge and skillsets from both roles to create sensible legislation is the driving force behind my work.”
This legislative session, Assemblywoman Speight sponsored several pieces of legislation to provide law enforcement officers with valuable training and give them the tools they need to perform their duties safely.
“These men and women risk their lives to keep our communities safe and it is our responsibility to help protect them by making their well-being a priority,” said Assemblywoman Speight. “I am proud of what we accomplished this legislative session to assist our law enforcement, and I thank the PBA for their support and recognition.”