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National Police Week 2012

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice and provide support to their survivors. National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America's law enforcement community on the federal, state and local level. Principal organizers of National Police Week are the following three organizations:

  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), which sponsors the annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
  • Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA), which organize the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol.
  • Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which holds the National Police Survivors' Conference.

Candlelight Vigil CeremonyPolice officers who have died in the line of duty will be memorialized at several events including the 24th Annual Candlelight Vigil ceremony Sunday evening, May 13th and the 31st Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service and wreath laying ceremony on Tuesday, May 15th. On Monday there will be the 18th Annual Emerald Society & Pipe Band March and Service and the 10th Annual Honor Guard Competition. Concurrently, FOP DC Lodge #1 will hold daily events and C.O.P.S. will hold its annual conference. Other events of the week include charity football games, a 5K run, a Washington Nationals baseball game and the arrival of the Police Unity Tour and Law Enforcement United (a bicycle trek to DC). Please see http://www.policeweek.org/schedule.html for a complete listing of events.

Each year in the United States an average of 140 to 160 police officers lose their lives in the line of duty. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., at Judiciary Square, honors the U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty throughout history. At the memorial's dedication in 1991, 12 names were inscribed and there are currently more than 19,000 names on the wall. On May 13th a Candlelight Vigil is held to formally dedicate the names being added to the Memorial. The Candlelight Vigil can be seen via webcast by those who cannot make the trip to DC. Registration for the webcast can be found at www.LawMemorial.org/webcast and www.officer.com.

The Memorial is a three acre park that features a reflecting pool which is surrounded by walkways. Along the walkways are walls that are inscribed with the names of all U.S. law enforcement officers

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