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National Police Week

Sunday, May 15, 2016 through Saturday, May 21, 2016

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.

Please note: Because May 15, 2016 falls on a Sunday, some events will take place before the official dates of police week in 2016.

National Police Week 2016

Check back often to view an updated list of events.

May 12, 2016—2:00 pm
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (400 Block of E Street, NW) 

May 13, 2016—8:00 pm
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial 

May 14, 2016—4:30 pm
22nd Annual Emerald Society & Pipeband March and Service – Assemble at New Jersey Avenue and F Street, NW – Step-off promptly at 6:00 pm. March will proceed to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. 

May 15, 2016—2:30 pm (see below)
Wreathlaying Ceremony – Fraternal Order of Police/FOP Auxiliary – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (immediately following ceremony at U.S. Capitol) 


View the full roll call of names of the 273 fallen law enforcement heroes added to the Memorial year in 2015.

View summary of Police Week 2015

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 | 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: