National Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week

On April 10, 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed Proclamation 3537 establishing May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week of May 15 as Police Week.

On average a police officer is killed in the United States every 58 hours. Since the first line of duty death in 1791, over 20,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Nationally, 458 federal, state, tribal and local police officers were lost in the line of duty in 2021. (301 by COVID). A total of 101 officers were lost nationally in the first four months of 2022. (54 by COVID).

Ohio lost 10 officers in 2021 and two so far in 2022.

This year the National Peace Officers Memorial Service will be held on May 15 at the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. The 34th annual candle light vigil will be held May 13 on the National Mall.

The Ohio Peace Officer Memorial ceremony was held May 5 at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio.

Light Ohio Blue is a statewide campaign to show support to the law enforcement personnel who protect communities throughout Ohio. From May 15–21, citizens and businesses can show their support by replacing their exterior lighting with blue light bulbs. A police cruiser caravan will visit several locations in Central Ohio on May 17 from 5-10:30 p.m.

To honor all police officers, the Groveport Police Department exhibit, “The History of the Groveport Police,” is on display at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., through May. The display, curated by Groveport Police officer and police historian Ernie Bell, features vintage uniforms, badges, photographs, historical newspaper articles, radio equipment, and other artifacts. A reception will be held at Groveport Town Hall on May 18 from 2-4 p.m. for former and current police officers.

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