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U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith Salutes Law Enforcement Officers During Police Week

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
The COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights the Service and Sacrifice of Law Enforcement Officers at All Levels

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - In honor of National Police Week, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York Grant C. Jaquith recognizes 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 Grant Jaquith said, “Night and day, on weekends and holidays, in good weather and bad, throughout the 30,000 square miles of the Northern District, local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement officers are on the job protecting our families, friends, communities, and countryside. Our justice system works because of the dedication, courage, and integrity of law enforcement officers who risk their lives to help people and confront danger so the rest of us can stay safe.  It is a privilege to see first-hand their selfless service securing our rights and freedoms, solving crimes, and saving lives. Please join me in thanking them this week for their professionalism and vigilance.”  

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. These include.

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).  The online event can be viewed at

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

Updated May 11, 2020

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