In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and the week in which that date falls as “Police Week.”  (This year, the event will be held October 12 to 17.)

This annual event brings tens of thousands of law enforcement officers, families, and friends from around the world together in Washington, D.C. for a week-long tribute to those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect others. Police Week is about honoring these fallen heroes and providing healing and rebuilding for surviving families by teaching them how to navigate as they move forward in their daily lives.

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) is one of three main organizations in charge of planning the entire event, making hotel arrangements for the survivors, and providing transportation to all events once attendees arrive at DCA (Reagan).

The National Fraternal Order of Police organizes the Memorial Service and the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Fund organizes the candlelight vigil.

C.O.P.S. organizes the remaining days, which includes registration/check-in, the National Police Survivors’ Conference, the C.O.P.S. Kids & Teens Program, the Picnic on the Patio, and the Blue Honor Gala. They also host the main merchandise store for National Police Week apparel and commemorative items.

Highlights that attendees will not want to miss include:

  • October 14th candlelight vigil: This evening event takes place on the National Mall. When the candles are all lit the sky literally glows with each candle representing the death of a law enforcement hero.

  • October 16th Memorial Service: At this special service, survivors place a flower on a wreath dedicated to the fallen. It is a solemn ceremony where survivors have a chance to gather side by side.

  • Kids & Teens program: Kids ages kindergarten to high school gather to have a fun day together, but also attend counseling. It’s often the first time these kids have been with other surviving children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. At home, they are alone in this grief, but at this event, they are surrounded by those who truly understand.

Cellebrite is proud to support Police Week and honored to be a part of this annual remembrance of those who have sacrificed so much to help make a safer world.

Learn more about Police Week and these special events, here.

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