CITY, Mo. – In honor of National Police Week, U.S. Attorney Tim
Garrison will recognize the service and sacrifice of federal, state, and
tribal law enforcement. The week is being observed this year from
Sunday, May 10 through Saturday, May 16, 2020.
“Although we are grateful we did not witness any line-of-duty deaths
of law enforcement officers in the Western District of Missouri in
2019,” Garrison said, “we are observing National Police Week in the
shadow of the recent death of Springfield, Missouri, police officer
Chris Walsh, who will be honored in Washington, D.C., at the national
law enforcement memorial in 2021. We honor the memory of all of our
nation’s law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice to
protect and serve their communities.”
In 1962, President Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace
Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week to remember and honor law
enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices. Peace Officers
Memorial Day, which every year falls on May 15, specifically honors law
enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.
Each year, during National Police Week, our nation celebrates the
contributions of law enforcement from around the country, recognizing
their hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment to keeping our
communities safe. This year the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored law
enforcement officers’ courage and unwavering devotion to the communities
they swore to serve.
The names of the fallen officers who have been added in 2020 to the
wall at the National Law Enforcement Memorial will be read on Wednesday,
May 13, 2020, during a Virtual Annual Candlelight Vigil. Because public
events have been suspended as a result of COVID-19, the vigil will be
livestreamed to the public at 8:00 PM (EDT). The online event can be
viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNLEOMF.