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The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee Recognizes National Police Week

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee

NASHVILLE – As part of National Police Week, United States Attorney Henry C. Leventis and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee recognize the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and Tribal law enforcement. National Police Week is observed Saturday, May 11 through Friday, May 17, 2024.

“Members of law enforcement and their families make tremendous sacrifices and take considerable risks every day to serve and protect us,” said Henry C. Leventis, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. “I was reminded again this morning, at the Tennessee State Troopers Memorial, that far too many law enforcement officers are asked to make the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities. National Police Week is a time to remember and honor those law enforcement officers that we have lost and a time to renew our commitment to supporting those who continue to serve in this noble profession.”

“As our country recognizes National Police Week, the Justice Department joins families and communities in remembering the members of the law enforcement community who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the public,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland.  “Policing is difficult and dangerous, yet time and time again, law enforcement officers answer the call, showing up for their communities when they are needed the most. Their devotion to duty is matched only by that of their loved ones who make daily sacrifices to support them.  The Justice Department is committed to doing everything in our power to help provide our law enforcement partners with the resources they need to carry out their noble work on behalf of 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.

On Monday, May 13, the names of more than 280 officers killed in the line of duty in 2024 who have been added to the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial were read during a Candlelight Vigil at 8:00 p.m. EDT. To view a recording of this event, visit

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

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Mark H. Wildasin

Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney

(615) 736-2079

Updated May 17, 2024