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Police Week 2010

ach year during Police Week, communities across the United States hold a memorial service in remembrance of police officers who have made the supreme sacrifice for their communities. Also during this week, police departments hold open houses, conduct tours of their facilities, and hold community activities to celebrate police officers and their duties. May 15 has been designated National Peace
Officers Memorial Day.

Police Week: On October 1, 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed public law 87-726, a joint resolution of the 87th Congress:

Pursuant to 36 U.S.C. 136-137, the President designates May 15 of each year as ‘Peace Officers Memorial Day’ and the week in which it falls as ‘Police Week.’

Flags at Half Staff: In 1994, U.S. president William J. Clinton signed into public law Public Law 103-322, a joint resolution of the 103rd Congress directing that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15.

Most local communities incorporate a resolution into their municipal code designating days the day for Police Week and that flags will be flown at half-staff on May 15. Once local governments have identified the appropriate days, businesses and others tend to follow suit. Police executives are encouraged to ensure that May 15 is observed in the local jurisdiction’s ordinances and to conduct a local campaign to inform local businesses of this observance.

National Services
May 4
16th Annual Blue Mass
May 9
15th Annual Law Ride
May 10
31st Annual DC Area Memorial Service
May 12
Police Unity Tour Arrival
May 13
22nd Annual Candlelight Vigil
May 14
National Police Challenge 50-Kilometer Relay Race
8th Annul Steve Young Honor Guard Competition
National Police Survivors’ Conference
Shomrim Society Kaddish Service
15th Annual Emerald Society & Pipeband March and Service
17th Annual TOP COPS Award Ceremony
May 15
29th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Day Service
Wreathlaying Ceremony
May 16
National Police Survivors’ Conference
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 4, April 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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