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Press Release

Honoring National Police Week

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

HAMMOND— In honor of National Police Week, United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson salutes the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement.  This year, the week is observed Sunday, May 14, 2023 through Saturday, May 20, 2023.  

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.  Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day, which every year falls on May 15, specifically honors law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. Based on data submitted to and analyzed by the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), 224 law enforcement officers died nationwide in the line of duty in 2022, with four of those officers having served in the State of Indiana.  One officer, Noah C. Rainey, from the Northern District of Indiana lost his life in 2022.

“It is my solemn duty to honor all law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.  “Law enforcement officers undertake great risks every day to protect others.  These selfless acts deserve the upmost respect and honor.  On behalf of my Office, I want to say to all law enforcement officers;  we are grateful for the work that you perform each day.” 

The names of the 556 fallen officers added this year to the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial were read on Saturday, May 13, 2023, during a Candlelight Vigil in Washington, D.C.  Starting last Friday and continuing throughout the current week, US Attorney staff will be attending District events in remembrance of fallen officers.  


Updated May 15, 2023