May 13 2022

From Declaration to Tent City: Police Week's Storied History

National Police Week is a celebration every May to honor and remember the men and women of law enforcement that have given their lives in the line of duty. The event attracts tens of thousands of officers, friends and family members to Washington DC annually to gather to pay homage to these fallen heroes as well as offer peer support to fellow law enforcement, families and survivors. 

Police Week began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls as Police Week. In 1982, the FOP Auxillary gathered in Senate Park with a crowd of about 120 to honor the memory of 76 officers that lost their lives in the line of duty. This memorial service is still held annually on May 15th.

Police Week has grown into a week-long affair in Washington DC and has expanded to include a whole host of events, including the Police Unity Tour Ceremony, the NLEOMF Candlelight Vigil  and Police Week Tent City. Tent City is in its 33rd year of hosting law enforcement professionals and their friends and family to gather and network. It features food, drinks and music and acts as a space to remember and reflect with fellow officers. 

RollKall appreciates all the men and women that serve in law enforcement and we have insurmountable gratitude for those that have lost their lives protecting and serving our communities. Whether or not you make it to police week, it’s a great time to honor, remember and reflect on our officers that have fallen in the line of duty. 

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