National Police Week

National Police Week falls around the 15th of May each year and it’s a time for police officers to remember their fallen comrades. It’s also a time for them to show support for the families of fallen officers and to renew their commitment to keeping the general public safe.

In essence, this week is about gratitude and service, honor, and supporting one’s peers. It’s a week that’s been observed for over 60+ years, and it’s an observance week that doesn’t just have to be observed by police. It can also be observed by the general public as well if they want to take the time to celebrate it.

The History Of National Police Week

This week was established in 1962 by U.S President John F. Kennedy. He proclaimed the 15th of May as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week during which this holiday falls to be observed as National Police Week. It’s been observed ever since then to memorialize law enforcement officers who have lost their lives while on duty.

Interesting Facts About Police Officers

Below are some interesting facts about police officers that people observing this week might appreciate.

  • There are almost a million sworn law enforcement officers serving in the U.S.
  • Approximately 12% of active-duty police officers are women.
  • The deadliest decade in law enforcement history was the 1920s. 253 officers died a year, on average.
  • The deadliest year in law enforcement history was 1930. 312 officers died that year.
  • During the 1990s, only about 160 officers a year were killed, on average.

Observing National Police Week

This week is observed with special services commemorating fallen soldiers, fundraisers to raise money for police support organizations, and people showing their appreciation to the police officers in their communities. People can spread the word about this week using the hashtag #NationalPoliceWeek on social media.

When is it?
This year (2023)
May 15 Monday
Next year (2024)
May 15 Wednesday
Last year (2022)
May 15 Sunday
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