In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. ... National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America's law enforcement community. Here is a stunning statistic. . On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. Today, in the United States, 950,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of law abiding citizens. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks, in large measure, to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement. That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. In the latest full year that statistics were released, December 2019, 128 officers had died in the line of duty that year. That's an 18% decrease from same period the previous year. According to data released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, states with the highest number of officer deaths in 2019 were Texas (17), New York (11), California (9) and Alabama (7). Seventeen states and the District of Columbia did not lose an officer last year. Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week pay tribute to the local, State, and Federal law enforcement officers who serve and protect us with courage and dedication. These observances also remind us of the ongoing need to be vigilant against all forms of crime, especially to acts of extreme violence and terrorism. Let's Honor Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice and Those Who Continue to Serve. Next time you can, Thank them for their service.