National Police Week 2023

Posted Mon, 05/15/2023 - 10:13am

LAKE OSWEGO - Today, May 15th marks the 61st anniversary of National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the beginning of National Police Week. National Police Week was created in 1962 when, then-president, John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 which honors federal, state, and municipal peace officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. To honor this sacrifice, 25,000-40,000 attendees from agencies across the globe congregate at our Nation’s Capital to participate in a number of planned events such as a candlelight vigil, national police K-9 memorial service, a survivor’s conference, and more.

Throughout history, peace officers have faced tragedy and crisis without hesitation. Even in uncertain times, peace officers step up to challenges and protect the public by ensuring the safety of our communities and providing a sense of security. Peace officers do this knowing full well that this courage may lead to them becoming seriously disabled or killed. Since the 1860s, more than 190 peace officers in Oregon have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Lake Oswego Police Department would like to thank our officers, partner agencies, and families and friends for their dedication to this profession, this community, and this department. The commitment and devotion made by all to always answer the call are admirable and greatly appreciated.