Each May, during National Police Week, the U.S. recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement and pays tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world visit Washington, DC to participate in a number of special events. A candlelight vigil is held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in honor of the law enforcement officers who have died that year.
The names engraved on the Memorial include fallen officers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and federal law enforcement and military police agencies. This event, as well as a memorial service on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building are open to the public.
Dates: May 15-21, 2017. National Peace Officers Memorial Day is on Monday, May 15, 2017
Schedule of National Police Week Events
- May 12, 2017 - Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony - 2:00 p.m. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at the 400 block of E Street, NW. Washington DC. The event is designed to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum.
- May 13, 2017 - National Police Week 5K - Prior to the week's events, the race honors fallen law enforcement officers and raises money to support programs like No Parole for Cop Killers, Line of Duty Death Notifications, ODMP K9, and more. For more information or to register, visit www.nationalpoliceweek5k.com.
- Throughout the week, The FOP DC Lodge will be hosting daily events from Monday through Wednesday at 1880 2nd Street SW Washington DC. There will be vendors, bar and food service, music and entertainment.
- May 13, 2017 - Annual Candlelight Vigil - 8:00 p.m. at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at the 400 block of E Street, NW. Washington DC. No tickets are required and the event is open to the public. Parking is limited in the area. The closest Metro is Judiciary Square. The ceremony was streamed live so that people across the country could witness the annual tribute to America’s law enforcement officers.
- May 14 and 16, 2017- National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel at 5000 Seminary Rd Alexandria, VA. Family and co-worker survivors have opportunities to receive support to understanding grief, prepare for trial, learn new coping skills, and build connections with others. School aged children of fallen officers spend the day at Quantico taking part in activities specially tailored for their age. For more information, visit www.nationalcops.org or call (573) 346-4911.
- May 15, 2017- Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service - Sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. The Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The service begins at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to run approximately 2 hours. Law enforcement attendees are encouraged to attend in dress uniform. All attendees will be required to go through metal detectors before entering the grounds of the Capitol. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held immediately following the Memorial Service at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, located in the 400 block of E Street, NW. Washington DC.
For a complete schedule of National Police Week events in Washington, DC, visit www.policeweek.org.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization that is working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum to tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. Read more about plans for the Museum.