Established in 1962, National Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week provides a time for the nation to come together to recognize law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. It is also a time for us to honor all of the law enforcement officers who protect and serve their communities each and every day.
Here are just a few ways that you can celebrate this time of honor and recognition for our nation’s law enforcement officers.
1. Thank an officer (even if you are one). Publicly, privately, it doesn’t matter, just say thank you. Officers not only risk their lives, but also deal with incredibly tough situations on a daily basis. It can often times feel like a thankless job. Showing that you appreciate those that serve the community in which you live, work, do business, or just visit, can go a long way. If you are an officer, thank a colleague or a mentor. There have likely been countless officers who have helped you during your journey to where you are today, so thank them, and thank each other.
2. Attend Police Week events. National Police Week events are being held in Washington, DC and in communities across the country. If there is nothing happening in your area, look into starting a memorial service or other event to honor those who protect and serve.
3. Join the #WhyIWearTheBadge campaign. The IACP has developed a campaign to highlight the diversity and commitment of law enforcement officers. Using the hashtag #WhyIWearTheBadge, we encourage officers to use social media to share their stories and let people know why they chose this profession and what keeps them motivated as they protect and serve. For more information on this initiative, visit the #WhyIWearTheBadge webpage.
We hope you will join us this week as we remember and honor those who work hard to keep our communities safe.