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National Police Week




About Police Week

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".  Every year since, 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 in law enforcement and public safety.


In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 103-322, passed by the 103rd Congress, as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. This law amended Public Law 87-726, signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, and directs the flag of the United States on all Government buildings be displayed at half-staff on May 15, National Peace Officers' Memorial Day.

US Flag at Half-Staff



The following section denotes the wording of the law which made May 15 National Peace Officers' Memorial Day.

87th Congress of the United States of America
H.J. Res. 730 October 1, 1962 Public Law 87-726

Joint Resolution
76 STAT. 676.

To authorize the President to proclaim May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of each year during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week.

Whereas the police officers of America have worked devotedly and selflessly in behalf of the people of this Nation, regardless of the peril or hazard to themselves; and

Whereas these officers have safeguarded the lives and property of their fellow Americans; and

Whereas by the enforcement of our laws, these same officers have given our country internal freedom from fear of the violence and civil disorder that is presently affecting other nations;

Whereas these men and women by their patriotic service and their dedicated efforts have earned the gratitude of the Republic:

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized and requested to issue proclamations

(1) designating May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of the Federal, State, and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty,

(2) designating in each year the calendar week during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week, in recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws, and

(3) inviting the governments of the States and communities and the people of the United States to observe such day and week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Approved October 1, 1962.
John F. Kennedy
President of the United States


Fly the Blue

Remember to "Fly the Blue".  Tie a blue ribbon on your vehicle antenna during National Police Week to show your support for law enforcement and to honor those who have made the supreme sacrifice.

Sample Blue Ribbon


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More Information
For more information about National Police Week, contact:

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS)

  - (573) 346-4911

  - cops@nationalcops.org


National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF)

  - (202) 737-3400

  - info@nleomf.com