NATIONAL POLICE WEEK                

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.

National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

30th Annual Candlelight Vigil
The Candlelight Vigil will be held at 8:00 p.m. Because of construction for the National Law Enforcement Museum, the vigil will be held at the National Mall between 4th and 7th streets. The event is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome. For additional information please call 202-737-3400.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

37th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service
Sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. The Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The Service begins at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to run approximately 2 hours. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held immediately following the Memorial Service. Media inquiries:

Honor Guard and Color Guard Teams participating in the Memorial Service should report to First Street and Maryland Avenue SW to meet the USCP Honor Guard Commander. Plan to be in position from 0830 hrs to 1500 hrs when the service concludes. As a reminder, all honor guard rifles must be inert.

Please note: Service begins promptly at 11 a.m.


 In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public law 87-726 designating May 15th as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the week in which may 15 falls as National Police Week.  The law was amended by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-322, signed by President Bill Clinton, directing that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15th each year.  While the actual dates change from year to year, National Police Week is always the calendar week, beginning on Sunday, which includes May 15th.