This is National Police Week, established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962 and celebrated each May 14th through May 20th. The week is set aside to honor those officers who have died in the line of duty.
143 officers died while serving and protecting across the United States in 2016. Since the first known death of an American police officer in 1791, 21,183 fallen law enforcement officers names have been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Here are a few web sites to visit to learn more about honoring our fallen officers, and ways that you can assist the families of those who were lost: