National Police Week

Sunday, May 9 – Saturday, May 15, 2021National Police Week 2021

The Covid-19 health crisis that our nation and the world is currently facing may impact public gatherings in Washington, DC, during National Police Week 2021, but the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will recognize National Police Week as the dedicated time on the calendar to honor, remember, and celebrate American Law Enforcement, as well as make it safer for those who serve.

Stay tuned for updates on all of the programs and event being schedule for 2021 National Police Week!

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What is National Police Week?

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 |
  • 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 |
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