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Police Week 2012

Photo courtesy of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

National Services
May 12
Police Unity Tour

Law Enforcement United
May 13
24th Annual Candlelight Vigil
May 14
18th Annual Emerald Society and Pipe Band March and Service

National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens

10th Annual Honor Guard Competition
May 15
31st Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
May 16
National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens
More Information

ach year during Police Week, communities across the United States hold memorial services 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 1030322, a joint resolution of the 103ed 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 for Police Week and indicating 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. Law enforcement might consider conducting a local campaign to inform businesses of this observance.

To access the Police Week Model Proclamation, click here.

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXIX, no. 4, April 2012. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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