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U.S. Attorney Trina A. Higgins Recognizes Police Week in the District of Utah

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Utah
United States Attorney’s Awards for Law Enforcement May 15, 2024

SALT LAKE, Utah – In honor of National Police Week, U.S. Attorney Trina A. Higgins will recognize the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and Tribal law enforcement. The week is observed Saturday, May 11 through Friday, May 17, 2024. 

“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.”

 “This week in the District of Utah, family, friends and the community said their final goodbyes to Santaquin Police Sgt. Bill Hooser who was killed in the line of duty over one week ago. As we honor National Police Week, we recognize law enforcement who paid the ultimate sacrifice, like Sgt. Hooser, to serve and protect our communities at all costs. We thank all law enforcement for their dedication and commitment to public safety.”

On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, U.S. Attorney Trina Higgins will recognize federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement with United States Attorney’s Awards for Law Enforcement for their dedicated work in seeking justice in federal cases prosecuted in the District of Utah. 

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. To view a recording of the livestream of this event, visit 

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

Updated May 15, 2024

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