History of National Police Week
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Now, Therefore, I, John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate May 15, 1963, and May 15 of each succeeding year, as Peace Officers Memorial Day, in honor of those peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, have lost their lives or have become disabled in the performance of duty.
I also designate the week of May 12 through May 18, 1963, and the calendar week during which May 15 occurs of each succeeding year, as Police Week, in recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, protect us through enforcement of our laws.
About National Police Week
Each year we lose between 140-160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty. National Police Week (NPW) held May 11 – 17 each year in Washington, D.C. honors the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers. On May 11 and 12, surviving families and co-workers begin arriving in Washington, D.C. for the week-long events.
At RITE Academy we pay tribute to those officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives to help save others, while making each of their communities safer.
We want to help those families who may have lost a beloved law enforcement family member to suicide, or mental illness like PTSD due to their dedication to the law enforcement profession.
PTSD… the silent death
With a shortage of public servants, (police, fire, and corrections), and the increase of losing more to suicide, it’s time something more was done. Police, Corrections, and Fire departments must address officer wellness in order to help their officers reach the end of their career, with a healthy body and mind.
- 46 Officers were fatally shot last year in 2017
- 140 Officers committed suicide
As part of law enforcement awareness week, let’s make a commitment to help our police officers across this nation by bringing awareness to personal effects of PTSD. Read more on PTSD
“Officer Wellness is critical to the future of policing” ~ Linda Webb
RITE Training helps officers deal with all levels of stress, including PTDS. It starts with improved communication, helping officers at work and at home. Unique RITE Tools with EI & SI builds Career resiliency, improves Department morale, and mitigates loss. Check EVENTS page for a training near you, or become a Host site! Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org