MAY 14-20, 2017

CDCR staff will participate in the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service to recognize law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week.  National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community. The annual event draws between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement.
There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever.  About 12 percent of those are female.
Since the first known line-of duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Currently, there are 21,183names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Last year we lost 143 Law Enforcement Officers.  Below are a a few sobering statistics:
  • The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America.
  • There are 1,117 federal officers listed on the Memorial, as well as 689 correctional officers and 39 military law enforcement officers.
  • There are 309 female officers listed on the Memorial; six female officers were killed in 2016.
CDCR staff from the Division of Adult Institutions, Division of Parole Operations, and Division of Juvenile Justice will be present, on May 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.

There will be a number of other scheduled events hosted by organizations honoring fallen law enforcement officers May 14-20, including a 5K, baseball games, police unity tour, family conference, to mention a few.

Police Week will also include the 29th Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 at 8:00 p.m. The event will be held at the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets.  During the Candlelight Vigil, fallen officers whose names were engraved earlier in the year on the Memorial’s walls are formally dedicated. The ceremony will honor 143 officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2016 and 251 officers who were killed in prior years but had been forgotten by time until the Memorial Fund’s research staff and a team of dedicated volunteers found record of their law enforcement service. This year’s Vigil will also be dedicated to 75 officers who have died from illnesses related to the search and recovery efforts after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  The free public event will be available on webcast.

For more information about the 2017 schedule of events or survivor services, please visit police week or National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

For more information about CDCR, please contact the Office of External Affairs at
(916) 445-4950.