National Police Week

National Police Week falls around May 15th each year, and it is a time for police officers to remember their fallen comrades. It is 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 is a week that has been observed for over 60 years, and it is an observance that does not just have to be observed by police. It can also be observed by the general public 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 May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week during which this holiday falls to be observed as National Police Week. It has 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, with 253 officers dying per year, on average.
  • The deadliest year in law enforcement history was 1930, with 312 officers dying that year.
  • During the 1990s, about 160 officers per year were killed, on average.

Observing National Police Week

This week is observed with special services commemorating fallen officers, 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 (2024)
May 15 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
May 15 Thursday
Last year (2023)
May 15 Monday
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