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U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser Recognizes Police Week

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana
Law enforcement will be recognized through social media, because of COVID-19 guidelines

NEW ORLEANS— In honor of National Police Week, U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser will recognize the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement. The week will be observed Sunday, May 10 through Saturday, May 16, 2020.

“There is no more noble profession than serving as a police officer,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “The men and women who protect our communities each day have not just devoted their lives to public service, they’ve taken an oath to give their lives in order to ensure our safety. And they do so not only in the face of hostility from those who reject our nation’s commitment to the rule of law, but also in the face of evolving adversity – such as an unprecedented global health pandemic. This week, I ask all Americans to join me in saying ‘thank you’ to our nation’s federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers. Their devotion and sacrifice to our peace and security will not be taken for granted.”

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser said, “In September 2019, Captain Vincent Liberto Jr., a 58-year-old captain with the Mandeville Police Department (MPD), was killed while answering a call for service.  A 26-year-old MDP officer was injured during the same incident.   Captain Liberto made the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect the public.  We owe it to his memory and the memories of all law enforcement and their families to never forget their daily sacrifice.  Our brave men and women in law enforcement, on the federal, state, and local levels, made the selfless choice to protect and serve, even during this unparalleled health crisis with full knowledge that they could one day find themselves in harm’s way while doing their jobs. This week let us all take some time to reflect and honor the fallen and also those in law enforcement who, with honor and dedication, continue to selflessly serve the public.”

In 1962, President Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week to remember and honor law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices.  Peace Officers Memorial Day, which every year falls on May 15, specifically honors law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.   

Each year, during National Police Week, our nation celebrates the contributions of law enforcement from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment to keeping our communities safe. This year the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored law enforcement officers’ courage and unwavering devotion to the communities they swore to serve.

Based on data collected and analyzed by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officer Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program, 89 law enforcement officers died nationwide in the line of duty in 2019, including the one officer in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing most of the fatal attacks are included in the sections of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2019.

The names of the fallen officers who have been added in 2020 to the wall at the National Law Enforcement Memorial will be read on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, during a Virtual Annual Candlelight Vigil. Because public events have been suspended as a result of COVID-19, the vigil will be livestreamed to the public at 8:00 pm (EDT). To register to view this free online event, please

To learn more about National Police Week and the virtual candlelight vigil, please visit


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Updated May 11, 2020

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