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.
The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) 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. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement.
In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.
Locally, there will be Police Memorials at Westside Park, Champaign, and at the Champaign County Courthouse, Urbana. These will commence at 11:15 a.m., and noon, for the Westside Park Memorial and the Champaign County Courthouse Memorial, respectively. Our own Urbana Police Department will have the 17th Annual Dunkin’ Cop on Rooftop event will take place on Friday, May 17, 2019. During this fundraiser, hundreds of local law enforcement officers will stake out Dunkin’ rooftops to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois. This includes the Urbana Police Department!