National Police Week

Virtual Events: May 9-15, 2021
In-Person Events: Oct. 13-17, 2021

National Police Week 2021

National Police Week in-person events will be held October 13-17 in Washington, DC. The rescheduling of these events is due to the inability to secure necessary permits in time for in-person gatherings, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The in-person National Police Weekend in October will offer the same honor, remembrance, and peer support as National Police Week, while allowing law enforcement, survivors, and citizens to gather and pay homage to those who gave their lives in the line of duty.

The planned schedule of events includes:

    • Thursday, October 14 – NLEOMF Candlelight Vigil
    • Friday, October 15 – C.O.P.S. National Police Survivors’ Conference
    • Saturday, October 16 – FOP 40th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service

In addition to the in-person events in October, our virtual programs and some Memorial and Officer Safety & Wellness programs will still be held during Police Week in May, including the virtual Candlelight Vigil on May 13th.

Stay tuned for updates on all of the programs and events being scheduled for the 2021 virtual National Police Week and in-person National Police Weekend!

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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 |