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U.S. Attorney’s Office Recognizes the Service and Sacrifice of Law Enforcement During National Police Week

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Louisville, KY - In honor of National Police Week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky recognizes the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and Tribal law enforcement. National Police Week is observed Saturday, May 11 through Friday, May 17, 2024.

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.

“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.”

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.  

“Every day, our law enforcement partners across the Western District of Kentucky put everything on the line to protect and serve our communities. Please join our office in honoring these courageous men and women as we express our heartfelt gratitude for their service. Especially during this National Police Week, we pause to remember those officers that we have lost and extend our deepest condolences to their families, friends, and fellow officers left behind. Their commitment and sacrifice will never be forgotten,” said U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett.

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