National Police Week: Remembering the Fallen

policing-danger-ultimate-sacrifice-police-week More than 270 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice were honored during Police Weekin 2015. The list included 177 officers killed in 2014 and 156 from previous years whose stories had, until now, been lost to history.

President Kennedy established National Peace Officers Memorial Day as May 15 in 1962. The week in which that day falls is National Police Week. The proclamation included a joint resolution of Congress and honors officers who have given their lives for the safety of others.

Each year, the law enforcement community is honored with numerous events nationwide. Some of the largest events include a Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial sponsored by National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA), the National Police Survivors' Conference organized by and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

More details about honoring fallen officers and the history of national police week can be found by visiting the website of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Published on May 14, 2015