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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.

Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 11, 2009; 10:02 AM ET
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Ohhh, they have already started their silly antics. Just yesterday, they were double parked at a restaurant at the intersection of Florida Avenue and North Capital, having a good ole' time while traffic backed up. I was in it. When I saw it was police vehicles blocking traffic, clearly not as a result of an emergency, I was livid.

Can parking enforcement cite MPD?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 11, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I think its great that these officers can come here and honor police that have died in the line of duty, and blow off some steam. That being said, it is a good week to get out of town.

Posted by: 123cartoon | May 11, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Always happy to see police officers partying and traveling to exotic locales.

I just hope none of them are doing it on the taxpayers' dime.

Posted by: DupontJay | May 11, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse



I won't have any sympathy for you when your speeding Lexus with McCain-Palin license plates is pulled over with you behind the wheel talking on a hand-held cell phone. I'll bet you'll also get taken in for drunk driving with a 0.00 BAC, huh?

Posted by: bs2004 | May 12, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The official events are one thing. But every year they come to the Chinatown/Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood and trash it. The police officers walk the streets with badges around their necks and guns on their hips while drinking out in the open. And let's not forget the open-air DJ parties they have on four successive weeknights -- parties that go well beyond 3am and keep the entire neighborhood up. It's outrageous.

Posted by: kayroberts | May 13, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

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