Can’t make it to National Police Week in D.C.?
Even though events will be held in-person in our nation’s capital, there are still plenty of ways you can virtually observe and participate
This year’s National Police Week, which runs from May 10-16 in Washington, D.C., includes a variety of events taking place throughout the week.
From the Police Unity Tour to the Candlelight Vigil, law enforcement officers, family members of the fallen and supporters from across the country will gather to mourn our nation’s officers who died in the line of duty.
And even though this year’s events are held in person, you can still virtually observe and participate. Below, we’ve rounded up five ways you can stay connected and in the know about scheduled events.
1. Download the 2023 National Police Week mobile app
When you download the free National Police Week app, you’ll see a list of all events and activities taking place throughout the week. You’ll also be alerted to any schedule changes via a notification on your smartphone device. Moreover, the app includes a list of newly engraved names on the memorial and their panel locations. And you can also livestream the Candlelight Vigil through the app on May 13 at 8 p.m. EST.
2. Follow social pages to stay in the know
This year’s schedule of events can be found here, but many who cannot attend in person want to go a step beyond this. If you’re looking for ways to participate still and honor the fallen, here are some suggestions.
First, follow these social media pages:
- National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund on Facebook and Twitter
- National Law Enforcement Museum on Facebook and Twitter
- Check out Police1’s ongoing Police Week coverage here and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube
Then, search and follow these hashtags on your chosen social media platform throughout the week:
- Police Unity Tour hashtags: #PoliceUnityTour, #PoliceUnityTour2023 and #WeRideForThoseWhoDied
- National Police Week hashtags: #NationalPoliceWeek, #PoliceWeek and #NationalPoliceWeek2023
3. Livestream NLEOMF’s Candlelight Vigil
This year’s 35th Annual Candlelight Vigil will be held on Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m. EST. For those attending in person, it will take place at the National Mall (between 4th and 7th Streets and Madison and Jefferson Drives).
4. Host a memorial event at your agency
Each year, departments around the country make it a priority to hold their own National Police Week memorial events. These events honor each department’s fallen officers and allow participants to honor and mourn the fallen without making the trip to D.C.
Here are a handful of ways departments are honoring the fallen this year:
https://twitter.com/ArlingtonPD/status/1654215153045438464 https://twitter.com/RepMikeLawler/status/1653922549393424384 https://twitter.com/NVStatePolice/status/1653544691529547776 https://twitter.com/_MORADC/status/1653526670672900096 https://twitter.com/usparkpolicepio/status/1653463081635270658
Has your department hosted a memorial event this year? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a social link and we’ll include it in our roundup above.
5. Share with others why National Police Week is important and join the Below 100 Pledge
For many, writing is therapeutic – especially when it comes to honoring and remembering a fallen law enforcement officer. Police1 welcomes contributions from officers and you can find out more about our article guidelines and FAQs we receive from new authors here.
If you’re looking to make a difference locally, don’t forget to reach out to your local newspaper. Pitch an idea to a newspaper’s editor about why National Police Week is important not only for officers and families of the fallen but for your community as well.
And if you’re not the writer type, you can share some of Police1’s latest National Police Week articles with your department or colleagues to keep the conversation going:
- Policing Matters Podcast: How NLEOMF and C.O.P.S. honor the fallen and serve the living
- How to get the most value out of roll call during National Police Week
- Listen: NLEOMF’s Troy Anderson says ‘zero is the only number that is acceptable’
- Remember fallen LEOs by continuing their legacy of heroism, integrity and valor
Last but not least, the mission of Below 100 is to reduce line-of-duty police deaths to fewer than 100 each year. The five principles of Below 100 are:
- Wear your seat belt
- Watch your speed
- Wear your vest
- W.I.N. – What’s important now?
- Remember: Complacency kills!
Download, sign and share the Below 100 pledge here.
Police1 is committed to providing training resources and expert discussion on how to eliminate preventable line-of-duty police deaths and serious injuries through training and awareness. Follow our ongoing coverage here.