This week, May 9-15, is formally designated in the City of Battle Ground as National Police Week to recognize the contributions of officers and their dedicated and selfless efforts in enforcing laws. The week is culminated by the observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, a day that we honor the service and sacrifice of officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.
Please join us as we recognize those who serve here in our community and across the nation, and as we honor those peace officers who sacrificed their lives while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page (https://www.odmp.org/), 360 law enforcement officers were lost in line of duty deaths, including 232 COVID-19 related deaths, in 2020. Each fallen officer is listed and honored on their site.
National Police Week was established in 1961 by joint resolution of the U.S. Congress and first formally proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.