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U.S. Attorney Minkler recognizes law enforcement during National Police Week

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

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Josh J. Minkler recognized the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers on the occasion of National Police Week, and commented on the FBI's 2018 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report.

 “Today marks the beginning of National Police Week, a time for citizens alike to take pause and commemorate the service and sacrifices the men and women in blue offer each and every day,” said Josh J. Minkler, United States Attorney.  “As a career federal prosecutor, I am honored to recognize the spirit and the work police officers engage in each day.  On behalf of the Justice Department, I thank not only the officers, but their families who walk beside them in service to our communities.  In tribute to them, we are proud to announce the launch of the USAO-SDIN’s Spotlight on the Blue Campaign.”

In recognition of our distinguished law enforcement officers we honor their service and sacrifice during National Police week observed May 12, 2019-May 19 2019.  This year, the USAO-SDIN honors the week and work with the launch of the USAO-SDIN’s Spotlight on the Blue Campaign.  Please join us in recognizing this important commemoration and the dedication of our devoted law enforcement officers.  The campaign will launch on Twitter @: SDINnews and Facebook at  Follow us!

In October 1962, Congress passed and President Kennedy signed a joint resolution 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, which is observed from Sunday, May 12 to Saturday, May 18, 2019, our nation celebrates the contributions of police officers from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment in keeping our communities safe.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, during the 31th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2019 held on the National Mall between 7th and 12th Streets in Washington, D.C.  According to statistics collected by the FBI, 106 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty in 2018.  Of these, 55 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed and 51 were killed accidentally.

The D.C. vigil includes musical tributes, special remarks and reading of 371 names as they are dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Register for live webcast at*So that people across the country can experience this unique.

 For a complete schedule of National Police Week events in Washington, DC, visit

For more information about other National Police Week events, please visit

To access the FBI's 2018 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report, please visit


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Updated May 8, 2023