During National Police Week We Remember Officer's Sacrifice to Create Safer Communities

National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community. See the Schedule of Events for the week below. 

Founded in 1984, the purpose of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is to honor the role of law enforcement, in service to society, by recognizing the sacrifices and valor of law enforcement, educating the community, and making it safer for those who serve.

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial—the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Memorial Fund is a principal organizer of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a Candlelight Vigil each May 13th to honor all fallen officers. In addition, the Memorial Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research into officer fatality trends and issues, and serves as an information clearinghouse.

More recently, the Memorial Fund has built the National Law Enforcement Museum, adjacent to the Memorial in Washington, DC. The Museum tells the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education.

Candlelight Vigil

The 2023 “Roll Call of Heroes” features the names of official Line-of-Duty Fallen Heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The names of 224 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers who died in the line-of-duty in 2022 will be inscribed this year. The total number of line-of-duty deaths in 2022 represents a dramatic 64% reduction in officer deaths compared to 2021. The massive decrease in line-of-duty deaths for 2022 is almost entirely related to a significant reduction in Covid-19 deaths.

An additional 332 officers who died in previous years (before 2022), will also have their names inscribed this year. Their sacrifice is now being recognized after the Memorial Fund’s research staff confirmed the circumstances of their death and their record of law enforcement service.

With these additions, there will now be 23,785 officers’ names engraved on the Memorial, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal law enforcement, and campus and military police agencies.

The names of the 556 officers added to the National Memorial this year can be found at the Roll Call of Heroes, 2023. For a complete schedule of National Police Week events in Washington, DC, visit www.LawMemorial.org/PoliceWeek.

Tuesday, May 9 through Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • National  Law Enforcement Museum OPEN each day from May 9-20, 2023
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
  • 9:00 am U.S. Attorney General Garland Wreath Laying
  • 10:00 am FBI Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Friday, May 12, 2023
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Sunday, May 14, 2023
May 14-16, 2023
Monday, May 15, 2023
Beyond the events above, all are welcome at the Memorial any time, day or night. The Memorial remains open to the public 24/7. If you are interested in attending the museum, you can get more information here: nleomf.org/museum/

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