National Police Week
May 13 - May 19, 2001

May 15 was designated National Peace Officers' Memorial Day in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.  The week containing May 15 was designated National Police Week.  National activities are hosted each year in Washington, DC, to honor those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice the previous calendar year and to offer support to the survivors of those officers as well as survivors of other years.  A series of events comprise National Police Week activities.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund sponsors the annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC.  The Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary sponsor the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on the lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.  The New York State Fraternal Order of Police hosts an event at their headquarters in Hicksville, NY, and there is a service at the New York State Police Officers' Memorial in Albany, NY.  Local municipalities often host events as well.

History behind the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Events this year include :
New York State Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Service, NYFOP Headquarters, Hicksville, NY. Date TBD
May 11
7th Annual Blue Mass; 12:10 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
     10th & G Streets, NW, Washington, DC
     Call (202)347-2713 for more information
May 13
Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.  Sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), the event will begin at 8:00 p.m at the Memorial grounds, located at Judiciary Square, on the 400 block of E Street, NW, Washington, DC. A reading of the names newly engraved on the Memorial immediately follows the ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend; no tickets are required. For additional information,call (202)737-3400. 
May 14
Sixth Annual Emerald Society & Pipeband March and Service
National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies, Inc.
Assemble at 4:30 p.m. at New Jersey Avenue, & F Street, NW.
Step-off promptly at 6:00pm.
March will proceed to the National Law Enforcement Officers   Memorial.
Contact: National Conference Office: 301/858-0972 or email: 
May 15
National Peace Officers' Memorial Day Service, Grand Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police Grand Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary
Noon, West Front of the United States Capitol, Washington, DC
Contact: (202)547-1651 for more information

Wreathlaying at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
FOP/FOPA Wreathlaying Ceremony at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial 
Approximately 3:00 p.m at the Memorial Grounds

Fly a Blue Ribbon in Support of National Police Week

"We plan to distribute 800,000 blue ribbons nationwide," stated past COPS National President Debbie Geary. "These blue ribbons show support for law enforcement and recognize the sacrifices made daily by officers and their families. We
honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by flying the blue ribbons on May 15."
Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to display blue ribbons on all police vehicles during National Police Week. Ribbons can be obtained by FAX REQUEST only to COPS at 573-346-1414.

Public Laws 87-726 and  103-322

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. The law was amended by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-322, signed by President Bill Clinton, directing that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15 each year. While the actual dates change from year to year, National Police Week is always the calendar week, beginning on Sunday, which includes May 15.
Video of the 1998 Candlelight Vigil (courtesy of the NLEOMF)
View a video clip (4:09) of the 1998 ceremony here. (This clip is streamed on RealVideo. It is best viewed with higher than 28.8kps. *This is long clip. If you encounter net congestion which has to do with modem speed, server usage or other reasons... it may slightly halt the streaming.)
You can download a RealVideo Player free here
For more Information
Look at pictures from National Police Week 1998 taken by Elisa Hirth as she attended activities in Washington, DC, Rockland County, NY, and Hicksville, NY.
COPS - Concerns of Police Survivors
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
The Visitors Center for the National Law Enforcement Memorial is located at 605 E Street, NW.



Contact Groups

National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund (NLEOMF)  202/737-3400
Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS)  573/346-4911
Fraternal Order of Police  202/547-1651
Honor Guard Information - Officer Ken Roden  703/360-5421
Washington, DC Accommodations - Hotel Reservations  800/554-2220