D.C. Hosts National Police Week
If you see a lot more police around the city this week, you're not just imagining things. Officers from departments around the country -- and the world (D.C. Wire spotted London and Poland) -- are in town for National Police Week. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation setting aside the week of May 15th as National Police Week.
The programs honor officers who died in the line of duty. Today Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and other top brass in the department, along with officers from around the region and their families, will take part in the 30th Annual Memorial Service in honor of Washington Metropolitan area law enforcement officers who died while serving in their jobs. The service is organized by the Fraternal Order of Police D.C. Lodge #1. On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (the former attorney general for the District and a former D.C. Superior Court judge) will deliver a keynote address and lead the lighting of candles for the 387 law enforcement officers who died. Their names, and other officers, will be formally dedicated to the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Although official events have a somber tone, trouble has taken place at night, prompting Lanier in years past to issue warnings about proper decorum.
In addition to paying respect to officers past and present, the week has also traditionally been a time when individuals and related groups show their support for police. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFL-CIO) have hung a large banner on the window of their L St NW headquarters, thanking police for their service. And the DC Republican Committee wants to make sure that all those visiting officers don't go hungry; they're sponsoring free bagels, juice, coffee and donuts for breakfast this week at their headquarters at 13th and K Streets NW, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. through Friday.
"Every day we ask our police force to be put in harm's way and this week we can give back and honor what they do to improve our city and keep us safe," said DC Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kabel in a statement.
The full schedule of events is here.
May 11, 2009; 10:02 AM ET
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