Across the country, flags have been lowered to half staff today in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day, held annually in the United States on May 15 in honor of federal, state, and local officers who were killed or disabled in the line of duty.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently during that week, law enforcement officers from departments across the United States as well as from agencies around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events that honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of the general public.
In honor of those who put their lives on the line to protect and serve their communities, Jill Harness has gathered a collection of vintage photos of law enforcement officers from the Library of Congress: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/126629
This site for kids describes in simple terms what police officers do: http://www.minifigcity.com/policeofficer.html
Did You Know…? Scheduled to open in 2013, the National Law Enforcement Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education. The museum building in Washington, DC will be a hands-on, interactive museum providing an opportunity to walk in an officer’s shoes and experience firsthand what it is like to make life-or-death decisions, solve crimes, protect our communities and safeguard our freedoms. The Museum will house the most comprehensive collection of law enforcement artifacts — both historical and contemporary — in the United States. It will also offer a range of educational programs for school-age children, adults and law enforcement professionals. And the Museum will serve as a research center for students and others pursuing the study of law enforcement in America. Web visitors can search the museum’s online database of artifacts, documents, oral histories, and more free of charge.