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 286 fallen law enforcement heroes added to the Memorial year in 2014.
Visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, centered in the 400 block of E Street, NW, Washington, DC and the National Police Week Retail Center, located at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 E Street (corner of 4th and E Streets NW) 1/2 block from the Memorial.
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.
Phone: (202) 737-3400
- Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA), which organize the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol.
- Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which holds the National Police Survivors' Conference.
Phone: (573) 346-4911
First year survivors, call: (800) 784-2677