In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
View the full roll call of names of the 273 fallen law enforcement heroes added to the Memorial year in 2015.
National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community. The principal organizers of National Police Week include:
- National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), which sponsors the annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
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- Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA), which organize the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol.
National Police Week activities in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, May 12
Early Arrival Day
Wednesday, May 13
Official Arrival Day
27th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Thursday, May 14
First Day – National Police Survivors’ Conference
Friday, May 15
34th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
United States Capitol
Saturday, May 16
Second Day – National Police Survivors’ Conference
Sunday, May 17
Official Departure Day