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Police Week 2011

National Services
Tuesday, May 3 Annual Blue Mass
Sunday, May 8 16th Annual Law Ride
Monday, May 9 32nd Annual DC Area Memorial Service
Thursday, May 12 Police Unity Tour Arrival
Inaugural 9/11 Blue Valor Run
18th Annual TOP COPS Awards
Friday, May 13 23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil
Saturday, May 14 National Police Challenge 50-Kilometer Relay Race
17th Annual Emerald Society and Pipeband March
     and Service
9th Annual Steve Young Honor Guard Competition
5th Annual National Police Week 5K
National Police Survivors’ Conference
Sunday, May 15 30th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial
     Day Services
Shomrim Society Kaddish Service
FOP/FOPA Wreathlaying Ceremony
Monday, May 16 National Police Survivors’ Conference
More Information

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 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.

Click here to access the 2011 Police Week Model Proclamation.

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVIII, no. 3, April 2011. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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