National Police Week 2010

Created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and a joint resolution of Congress, National Police Week honors the officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty. The event features a series of events hosted around May 15th, the date of the official memorial service.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, one of the principal organizers of this this year’s National Police Week, will be hosting National Police Week from May 9th through 15th.

The following events in Washington, D.C. will be held from May 13 through 16th:

  • The 22nd annual Candlelight Vigil takes place on Thursday evening, May 13, at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
  • The annual Peace Officers Memorial Day Service,organized by the Fraternal Order of Police and FOP Auxiliary, takes place at 12 noon on Saturday, May 15, outside the U.S. Capitol.
  • The National Police Survivors’ Conferenceorganized by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) occurs on May 14 and 16. Law enforcement survivors from all across the nation gather for in-depth grief work and issue-oriented information sharing (advance registration required).
  • The Police Unity Tour arrives at the Memorial on May 12. Hundreds of law enforcement officers and supporters on bicycles are welcomed after completing their multi-day, 300-mile journey in honor of fallen officers.

The first official memorial service took place on May 15, 1982.  Over the past 22 years, National Police Week has honored over 3,000 law enforcement officers from around the nation.

Find out if your municipality has planned any events for National Police Week or volunteer to organize an event.