United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska, Joe Kelly recognized the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers on the occasion of National Police Week. 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.
Ceremonies honoring Nebraska’s law enforcement community will be held across the state as part of National Police Week May 13-19. A statewide ceremony honoring the lives of officers who passed while on active duty or who were killed in the line of duty will be held, Friday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m., at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial located at 409 East Fonner Park Road in Grand Island 2018 Memorial Service – Friday, May 18 with a 10:00 am ceremony. No Nebraska law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2017.
There will be a local ceremony on Tuesday May 15, 2018, held at Omaha Police Department Headquarters, 505 S. 15th St. at 11:00 a.m. This service will honor those officers from all metro area agencies who have dedicated their lives to protecting the communities they serve who have died during the past year (current and retired). This year’s guest speaker will be Allen W. Batschelet, President and CEO First Responders Foundation.
U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly said “Law enforcement officers risk their lives for our communities on a daily basis. We need to take the time this week to honor these men and women by recognizing their diligence, dedication, commitment in keeping our communities safe.”
According to statistics collected by the FBI, 93 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2017 – a 21% decrease from 2016 when 118 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents. Additionally, in 2017 there were 46 law enforcement officers killed in line-of-duty incidents as a result of felonious acts – a 30 percent decrease from 2016, when 66 law enforcement officer were killed in line-of-duty incidents as a result of felonious acts.
For the full comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks and selected assaults resulting in injury, please see the 2017 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report, released today. The names of all 93 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, during the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2018. So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be livestreamed beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT on May 13th. To register for this free online event, visit www.LawMemorial.org/webcast.