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Published on May 15, 2024
National Police Week Commences to Honor Law Enforcement Sacrifices and Service Across the U.S.Source: The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

This week marks the nationwide observation of National Police Week, a period set aside to honor the brave men and women in law enforcement, as reported by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon. Official recognitions began on Saturday, May 11, and run through Friday, May 17, a week dedicated to remembering those who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Attorney General Merrick Garland expressed his sentiments, noting the perils and challenges faced by law enforcement officers, "Policing is difficult and dangerous, yet time and time again, law enforcement officers answer the call, showing up for their communities when they are needed the most," according to a statement issued by the Department of Justice. Garland praised the unwavering support from the officers' families and asserted the Justice Department’s pledge to equipping partners in law enforcement with essential resources.

In the spirit of this solemn week, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Natalie Wight offered gratitude to law enforcement partners and their support systems, "We offer our deepest gratitude to each and every one of our partners as well as their families and loved ones who make it possible for them to do the work they do," highlighting the collective effort it takes to maintain public safety.

It was back in 1962 when President Kennedy proclaimed Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week in a move to formally acknowledge the service and sacrifices of the police force, Peace Officers Memorial Day falls on May 15 each year, specifically to honor officers who have been killed or disabled while on the job. Nationwide, the dedicated week shines a light on the commitment of law enforcement officers from diverse agencies, celebrating their relentless dedication, loyalty and the difference they make in safeguarding our communities.