Thousands of law enforcement officers and survivors gathered for Police Week in Washington D.C. to honor police killed in the line of duty. 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. National Police Week typically draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees.
Ground has already been broken on a new National Law Enforcement Museum on E Street, NW in Washington, DC. opposite the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial where the names of officers killed in the line of duty are engraved in stone. 252 new names have been added this year. The Memorial is situated near court and police facilities at Judiciary Square, bordered by E, F, 4th and 5th Streets NW and is open around the clock each day of the year.
View our photos of May 13-15, 2016 from the Memorial Service on the Capitol West Lawn, the wreath laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial; the Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall; the Emerald Society & Pipe Band March and Service; and the National Police Honor Guard Competition by clicking on the photo icons below. (All photos by Jeff Malet)