May 15th has been declared by Congress as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls has been declared National Police Week, since President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 on October 1, 1962. However, it was not until May 15, 1982, that the first National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day Service was held. Public Law 87-726, signed by President Kennedy in 1962, was amended by the 103rd Congress as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 103-322, which directs that the flag of the United States on all Government Buildings be displayed at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15th, National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day.
The Glendale Board of Aldermen passed a Resolution on Monday, May 6, 2019 commemorating the week of May 12-18, 2019 as National Police Week and May 15th as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day in the City of Glendale.
I urge you to join me and countless law enforcement officers across the country in commemorating these important dates.
Chief of Police
City of Glendale