Honoring National Police Week in Eastern Tennessee

Eastern District of Tennessee commemorates National Police Week, honoring fallen officers.

In Knoxville, Tennessee, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District, led by U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III, is actively participating in National Police Week, a period dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifices of law enforcement officers across the country. This observance runs from May 11 to May 17.

National Police Week is a time when communities throughout the United States pay tribute to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, as well as to acknowledge the grief of their families, friends, and colleagues. The origins of this commemorative week date back to 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed the first proclamation establishing Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. Peace Officers Memorial Day, observed on May 15 each year, specifically recognizes law enforcement officers who have been killed or disabled while serving.

In a significant tribute during this year’s National Police Week, more than 280 officers who have died in the line of duty will have their names inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. This includes 118 officers who lost their lives in 2023 and an additional 164 officers whose deaths in previous years were only recently documented.

For individuals seeking more information about the events of National Police Week or wishing to learn more about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, resources are available at https://nleomf.org. This site also provides details specifically related to National Police Week activities at https://nleomf.org/policeweek.

The acknowledgment of National Police Week by the Eastern District of Tennessee’s U.S. Attorney’s Office underscores the ongoing commitment to recognize the profound sacrifices made by law enforcement officers. It’s a time for reflection, respect, and gratitude for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

The United States Department of Justice clarifies that any references to specific organizations or services offered by an organization within this context are provided for public convenience and do not imply endorsement or recommendation.

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