What is National Police Week? How are we honoring officers in 2021?

Every year, the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), the Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA), and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) collaborate to organize annual events in support of current law enforcement officers. These ceremonies commemorate the fallen during a week-long observance known as National Police Week.  

National Police Week was first established in May of 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to honor the lives and sacrifices of fallen law enforcement officers. Each year, the week culminates on May 15 with National Peace Officers Memorial Day.  

The events surrounding NPW (National Police Week) are solemn and highly significant for the law enforcement community. This year, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial includes the names of an additional 394 officers killed in the line of duty, each of whom will be honored during NPW 2021. 

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National Police Week 2021 Events

For the second year in a row, National Police Week 2021 is going to look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s events, which will all be held virtually, are scheduled to occur during the week of May 9-15 and can be viewed live across the globe. Throughout the week, an Officer Safety & Wellness Product Showcase will be available on social media platforms and through the free National Police Week App. Additional virtual events will include: 

  • 2021 Destination Zero National Safety and Wellness Awards Announcement – Sunday, May 9 at 5:00 PM EST 
  • Wake Up, Work Out, Get Healthy – Monday, May 10 – Friday, May 14 at 8:00 AM EST 
  • Built for Blue with LEGO® Bricks Art Installation Unveiling – Monday, May 10 at 10:00 AM EST 
  • SAFLEO Suicide Prevention Program – Tuesday, May 11 at 1:30 PM EST 
  • Hall of Remembrance 2021 Installation – Wednesday, May 12 at 10:00 AM EST 
  • Destination Zero Cardiac Wellness Screening (Invitation Only) – Thursday, May 13 at 9:00 AM EST 
  • Police Unity Tour Ceremony – Thursday, May 13 at 11:00 AM EST 
  • Candlelight Vigil – This 33rd annual ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 13 at 8:00 PM EST 
  • Destination Zero Cardiac Wellness Screening (Invitation Only) – Friday, May 14 at 9:00 AM EST 
  • National Peace Officers Memorial Day 

For more information on National Police Week 2021 and the scheduled events, please visit: https://nleomf.org/programs-events/national-police-week  

What is National Police Week Part II? What events are taking place in October 2021? 

Tentatively, there are in-person events planned in Washington, D.C. from October 13-17, 2021 to “offer the same honor, remembrance, and peer support as National Police Week, while allowing law enforcement, survivors, and citizens to gather and pay homage to those who gave their lives in the line of duty.” Be sure to check back as fall approaches for more up-to-date information. 

We Remember the Fallen Heroes

There are many ways that we can recognize, support and honor our local law enforcement officers. Here are five ideas to consider throughout the year ahead.

  1. Log on. Consider joining the virtual evening of remembrance during the Candlelight Vigil on May 13. Let the law enforcement community know that they matter in a show of solidarity. 
  1. Plan a trip. Whether during October’s live events or at another time throughout the year, consider traveling to Washington, D.C. to pay homage to the lives of fallen officers at the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial. 
  1. Sponsor a program. There are so many to choose from – a quick online search will help you out. L-Tron has partnered with law enforcement agencies nationwide for two decades and we are firm believers in “Backing the Blue.” We’ve provided educational workshops, training, webinars, and written materials to keep officers informed and safe. We’ve also partnered with organizations like the Badge of Honor Association, Cookies for a Cop, and Rochester Books and Bears to show our utmost appreciation for law enforcement officers.
2017 Cookies for a cop Thank a police officer

L-Tron & Brighton Police Department Partner for Forensic Photography Course
  1. Donate to the cause. A tax deductible donation to the Fraternal Order of Police National Memorial Committee can go a long way in supporting the important Police Week events in both May and October.
  1. Spread Awareness. Whether by word of mouth, a social media share, or even sporting Police Week apparel, you can help to increase awareness about this important week – and let the law enforcement community know that you care about them!