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Law Enforcement Service And Sacrifice Recognized During National Police Week

May 15th Is National Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 14, 2019 - 2:58 pm
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LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - Nevada United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich recognizes the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers on the occasion of National Police Week, which is being observed from Sunday, May 12 to Saturday, May 18, 2019.

In October 1962, Congress enacted a joint resolution, which the President signed, declaring May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. The resolution also created National Police Week as an annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice. 

“During Police Week, our nation celebrates the contributions of police officers from around the country. We thank the brave men and women who often face uncertain and dangerous situations without question and without expectation of thanks,” said U.S. Attorney Trutanich. “As the chief federal law enforcement officer in Nevada, I recognize and acknowledge their hard work, dedication, loyalty, and commitment in keeping our communities safe. They have our unwavering support and appreciation.”

According to statistics reported to the FBI, 106 law enforcement officers were killed in the line-of-duty in 2018. In Nevada, Department of Public Safety Corrections Officer Kyle L. Eng died after he suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after struggling with an inmate in the Las Vegas Detention Center. He died on July 19, 2018.

Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks are included in the sections of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2018 released this week by the FBI.

The names of all 106 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, during the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2019. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome. For additional information please call 202-737-3400.

The Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation’s capital during National Police Week 2019.

For more information about other National Police Week events, please visit www.policeweek.org.