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May 2017 | Volume 10 | Issue 5

National Police Week – May 15-21, 2017

Every year, thousands gather to remember fallen officers and honor the men and women who serve our country. National Peace Officers Memorial Day was created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, and we now honor law enforcement during National Police Week each year in May. Law enforcement officers, their families, and survivors of fallen officers gather in Washington, DC to provide support and meet others who work to protect communities across the country.

Events for Police Week 2017 include the following:
  • Friday, May 12 – Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony
  • Saturday, May 13 – National Police Week 5K and the 29th Annual Candlelight Vigil
  • Sunday, May 14 – National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/ Teens
  • Monday, May 15 – 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
  • Tuesday, May 16 – National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/ Teens (Day 2)

These events are all opportunities to not only recognize fallen officers, but also to raise awareness and support important programs that assist survivors after the loss a loved one. The National Police Week 5K will help raise funds for the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), which is a nonprofit that pays lasting tribute to those who have died in the line of duty by preserving their memories within its website.

It is an honor for the COPS Office to participate in the events that remember our nation’s fallen officers and the survivors during National Police week as part of our mission to support law enforcement throughout the year. The COPS Office is committed to funding police departments and sheriff’s offices around the nation and providing resources to improve community policing and officer safety.

‘That . . . our people may join in commemorating law enforcement officers, past and present, who by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities have rendered a dedicated service to their communities, and, in so doing, have established for themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.’ – John F. Kennedy, May 4, 1963

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