On October 1, 1962 President Kennedy signed into law a bill designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it lands National Police Week. This week, we honor those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their local communities and the nation as a whole. Each year, the United States loses on average 140 - 160 officers in the line of duty. At the time of this writing, 35 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty so far this year. Their average age was 37. 17 of them died in gunfire assaults, the leading cause of death by a wide margin. Beyond the statistics, these men and women were fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters. They were military veterans, role models and community members. You can read about each of them at the Officer Down Memorial Page.
To learn more about National Police Week, visit www.policeweek.org.
To make a donation to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, visit www.nleomf.org.
To learn about Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), and to make a donation, visit www.nationalcops.org.