Every year the United States loses close to 160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty. May 15th was named as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls in is named National Police Week. These dates were proclaimed in 1962 by President Kennedy to pay special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Police Week is honored throughout the country, as well as, with a full week of events taking place in Washington, D.C. The primary organizers of National Police Week include, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA) and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) .
Records have shown that over 35,000 law enforcement officers, supporters and survivors arrive in Washington D.C. for the memorial week in honor of the ones they have lost. Some of the events organized include the Police Week 5K, K-9 Memorial Service, Police Unity Tour, Candlelight Vigil and the National Police Survivors’ Conference.
We are proud partners with the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund, and in honor of this week, we took part in lighting a virtual candle in special recognition for these fallen heroes. We recognize their sacrifice and are forever grateful for their commitment to our communities.