In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and designated the week in which that day falls as National Police Week. This week honors the U.S. law enforcement community and recognizes law enforcement and first responder personnel who have fallen in the line of duty. National Police Week’s primary organizers are the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), the Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA), and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).
From May 13 – 19, 2018, these organizers and their partners will hold several commemorative events in the Washington, D.C. area, including:
- The National Police Week 5K on May 12, hosted by the Officer Down Memorial Page;
- The 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13, sponsored by NLEOMF;
- The National Police Survivors Conference on May 14 and May 16, sponsored by C.O.P.S.; and
- The 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on May 15, sponsored by the Grand Lodge FOP/FOPA.
View more details on the above events, as well as the full schedule of events.