This year, National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day will be recognized May 15 – 21 and May 15, respectively. The first National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day were suggested by President Kennedy in 1962. It was resolved by Congress that May 15 be designated Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls be designated as Police Week.
The service and sacrifice of all officers killed in the line of duty is honored annually during the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Candlelight Vigil. The candlelight vigil will honor those who lost their lives in 2021. It takes place in Washington D.C. on the National Mall Friday, May 13, 7 p.m. To watch a livestream of the event, visit NLEOMF.org/vigil.
A proclamation recognizing both events will be read at the May 3 City Council meeting along with a proclamation on behalf of the Bloomington Optimist Club. The proclamation, recognizing Respect For Law Week, is meant to increase public awareness of the importance of law enforcement officers and to show appreciation for the role they play in the community.