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United States Attorney Peter E. Deegan, Jr. Recognizes Police Week and Thanks All Law Enforcement Officers Serving Iowa Communities

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

U.S. Attorney Peter E. Deegan, Jr., recognized the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers on the occasion of National Police Week, which is being observed 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 takes time to specifically recognize the vital contributions of law enforcement officers to society.  We recognize their hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment in keeping our communities safe,” said United States Attorney Deegan.  “Every time an officer goes on duty, that officer accepts personal risk that few in our society face.  The United States Attorney’s Office salutes and thanks our law enforcement partners for all they do.”

To help recognize Police Week, U.S. Attorney Deegan is scheduled to attend a Police Memorial Ceremony in Waterloo on May 15, 2019, and the Sioux City Police Department’s Spring Awards and Promotions Ceremony on May 16, 2019.  On May 11, 2019, Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Reinert attended the Annual Cedar Rapids Police Department Awards Ceremony.

According to statistics reported to the FBI, 106 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 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

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Updated May 13, 2019

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