Today, we remembered our own that died in the line of duty during a ceremony held at our Fallen Officers Memorial, located at Public Safety Headquarters, 12099 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.
National Police Week, May 11-18 is a solemn tradition recognized across the country. Thousands of law enforcement officers and surviving family members and children of fallen officers, gather in Washington, D.C. They celebrate the lives of officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and honor those who continue to serve and protect our communities.
Each year there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, in 2018 163 officers and 28 K9s lost their lives in the line of duty. National Police Week ceremonies and events honor the ultimate sacrifice an estimated 22,000 officers have made and the risk an approximate 900,000 law enforcement officers in the U.S. are willing to take every day.
Fairfax County police officers, auxiliaries and public safety cadets are participating in a variety of events throughout the region, to include the National Police Week 5K Run, the Police Unity Tour, Honor Guard competition and as support units for other events. The public is welcome and encouraged to join us as we reflect on our profession and memorialize those who have given their lives to protecting the safety of others.
Below is a partial list of Police Week activities; for a full list, visit:
Saturday, May 11
9 a.m. National Police Week 5K
1 p.m. Annual Police K-9 Memorial Service, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, 450 F St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Sunday, May 12
2 p.m. Arrival ceremony for Police Unity Tour at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, 450 F St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20001. The bike tour raises awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
Monday, May 13
8 p.m. 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil – The Candlelight Vigil will be held on the National Mall between 7th and 12th Streets. The event is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome. For additional information call 202-737-3400.
Wednesday, May 15
11 a.m. 8th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service – Sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. The Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held immediately following the Memorial Service.