In 1962, President Kennedy designated May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. National Police Week pays special recognition to officers who have fallen in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Due to challenges with COVID-19, National Police Week looks a little bit different this year. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will host virtual events during the week of May 9–15, 2021 with a focus on officer safety and wellness. This will include a virtual candlelight vigil to be held on May 13, 2021.
In-person events have been postponed to October 13–17, 2021 in Washington, DC, and interested participants can register for those events on the Concerns of Police Survivors website.