National Police Week is a time for remembering the fallen and contemplating the grief of their loved ones. One of the highlights of the week is the annual candlelight vigil, which is organized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. (All photos by Leslie Pfeiffer)
On Friday May 13 more than 20,000 people, including officers, survivors of fallen officers, and police supporters gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the 28th annual Police Week Candlelight Vigil. Normally held in and around the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, this year’s vigil was held on the Mall in the shadow of the Washington Monument and with the Capitol Hill as a backdrop. Attendees said the location made the event even more emotional.
POLICE Magazine sent photographer Lynn Cronquist to this year’s vigil. She captured images of survivors being escorted to their seats, dignitaries such as Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaking, the candlelight ceremony itself, and officers visiting the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial after the vigil to pay their respects to fallen comrades. (All Photos: Lynn Cronquist)
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's 2013 Candlelight Vigil on Monday evening celebrated fallen officers. This year, 321 officers' names were added to the memorial from 2012 to as far back as 1814. Read our coverage of the vigil here.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's 2012 candlelight vigil paid homage to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. This year, 362 officers names were added to the memorial from 2011 and as far back as 1852. Read our coverage of the vigil here.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has honored some of the nation's bravest and most dedicated officers through its Officer of the Month program. Officers of the month are nominated by their supervisors, and then the nominees are reviewed by the NLEOMF staff. Nominations that make the cut receive consideration from a select committee of NLEOMF board members. Last year POLICE Magazine became official media sponsor for the Officer of the Month program. We have been publishing detailed stories of the officers who have received this honor in print, since June 2010. View this gallery for photos and capsule summaries of the honorees.
The 2011 candlelight vigil during National Police Week in Washington, D.C., drew up to 20,000 officers, police survivors, dignitaries, and other law enforcement supporters to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for the reading of 316 names added to the wall this year. The vigil is organized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) recently held its 2010 national conference in Henderson, Nev. FLEOA is a volunteer organization that provides legal assistance and representation for its members. Federal officers do not have union support like municipal, county, and state law enforcement officers, so FLEOA fills this need for its members and advocates for legislation important to them. In fact, FLEOA's unified voice led to the Special Agent Samuel Hicks Families of Fallen Heroes Act being signed into law on June 1, 2010 (P.L. 111-178). These photos show some of the highlights of the FLEOA conference.
More than 20,000 officers, police survivors, dignitaries, and invited guests participated in a candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in D.C. This year, the vigil included the reading of 334 names of officers who have been added to the memorial walls, including 116 who ended watch in 2009.
The names of almost 19,000 law enforcement men and women have been added to the curving, 304-foot marble walls of the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial. The officers and families who knew them arrived at the memorial during National Police Week to pay tribute by leaving roses, photos, wreaths, a SWAT helmet, a duty flashlight, and other personel items.
Each year, about 1,100 officers participate in the Police Unity Tour, a 320-mile bicycle ride from New Jersey to D.C. during National Police Week. The ride honors fallen officers from the prior year and raises funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). Read our coverage of the unity tour.