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National Police Week

May 14 - May 20, 2017

Please Note: Some events—Police Unity Tour Arrival on May 12, 2017 and the Candlelight Vigil on May 13, 2017—will take place before National Police Week begins.

Schedule of Events

Check back often to view an updated list of events.

May 13, 2017—9:00 am
Police Week 5K | 601 4th Street, N.W., adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial 

May 13, 2017—8:00 pm
Candlelight Vigil Location | National Mall
between 4th and 7th streets 

May 14, 2017—11:00 am
LawRide | Procession will assemble at RFK Stadium/Armory (19th and East Capitol Street, NE) at 8:00 am; kick-stands up time of 10:45 am for the ride to the Memorial for wreathlaying ceremony and presentations 11 am-noon. 

May 14, 2017—1:30 pm
Standing Watch for the Fallen Ceremony | (Advanced registration required)
Presentation of state and departmental flags, commencing the honor guard rotations. 

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.

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 produces the annual Candlelight Vigil.
    Phone: (202) 737-3400 | Email:

  • 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 | Email: