National Police Week 2022:

Honoring and Remembering Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1786, more than 23,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

National Police Week offers honor, remembrance, and peer support, while allowing law enforcement, survivors, and citizens to gather and pay homage to those who gave their lives in the line of duty.

This year, the names of 619 officers killed in the line of duty (319 fatalities were COVID-19-related) are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 619 officers include 472 officers who were killed during 2021, plus 147 officers who died in previous years, but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.

Please take time to recognize the men and women who hold the line, and to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and have laid their life down for another.