National Peace Officer's Memorial Day and National Police Week
Today is National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
Peace Officers Memorial Day marks the beginning of National Police Week, which includes a series of events and conferences in Washington, D.C., where the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is located. In total, the memorial contains the names of approximately 20,267 who died in the line of duty.
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. Many Santa Clara Police Department employees will be wearing a mourning band over their badge as a sign of acknowledgement of National Police Week and the sacrifice made by our fallen brothers and sisters. In addition, flags are being flown at half-mast in recognition of National Peace Officers Memorial Day.