National Police Week 2020

Each year our nation loses between 140-160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty.  National Police Week (NPW,) held May 11 – 17 each year in Washington, D.C., honors the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.  The law was amended by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-322, signed by President Bill Clinton, directing that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15 each year.  While the actual dates change from year to year, National Police Week is always the calendar week, beginning on Sunday, which includes May 15.

On May 11 and 12, surviving families and co-workers begin arriving in Washington, D.C. for the events.

The first major event is the Candlelight Vigil hosted by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) on May 13.  The service begins at 8:00 p.m. with the newly-engraved names being read.

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) hosts the National Police Survivors’ Conference on May 14 and May 16 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, the host hotel.  The conference includes breakfast, lunch, guest speakers, debriefing sessions, and a Kids/Teens program for the surviving children and siblings of the fallen officer.  On May 16, the conference closes with a Picnic on the Patio night where dinner is provided with games, music, and more.  This allows survivors to relax and be with each other after a stressful week.

The Fraternal Order of Police and Auxiliary hosts the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol on May 15.  The surviving family members will have an opportunity to place a flower in a wreath honoring their fallen officer.  The service begins at 11:00 a.m. and will last about 2 hours.

Attending National Police Week will afford you the opportunity to meet the families and co-workers of other fallen officers, learn how to cope with your grief, and decompress from the formalities of the week’s events. You will gain a support system that will be there for you in the months and years to come.

Benefits of Registering for National Police Week through C.O.P.S. will allow you to:
• Have local law enforcement meet you at your gate at Reagan National Airport (DCA) on May 11 and May 12 and escort you to your C.O.P.S. conference hotel.
• Lessen your stress by taking advantage of the shuttle system between all C.O.P.S. conference hotels and events.
• Enjoy the meals that C.O.P.S. provides on May 14 and May 16.
• Secure seating at the Candlelight Vigil and National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.
• Participate in activities provided for surviving children and siblings of the fallen officer at local area law enforcement academies.
• Enjoy discounted hotel rates.
• Have peer support from other survivors and co-workers who have suffered a loss.
• Have your surviving family in close proximity, if you are a co-worker.
• Participate in group debriefings provided by C.O.P.S. and individual support for all survivors and co-workers.
• Receive your nametag to be able to enter the week’s events.
• Receive assistance from C.O.P.S. staff and support personnel.

Each May, during the activities that comprise National Police Week, C.O.P.S. hosts the annual National Police Survivors’ Conference.  Law enforcement survivors, co-workers, and agencies from across the nation gather to meet others who understand how they feel, attend seminar sessions specifically designed for their needs, and hear presentations delivering inspirational messages on hope and survival.
National Police Survivors’ Conference (May 14 and May 16):
The C.O.P.S. National Police Survivors’ Conference will allow survivors to realize they are not alone in their grief and give them the tools and hope to start rebuilding their shattered lives.

Samples of Sessions Include:

Dealing With Family and Friends that Don’t Get It
Getting “Unstuck” From Trauma: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
It Isn’t Over When It’s Over
Keeping Faith During Traumatic Times
Law Enforcement Death Is Always So Traumatic – Why?
Life Is Like A Dance – Sometimes You Lead and Sometimes You Follow
Mending While Blending
My Emotions – Is This Normal?
Preparing for Trial and the Aftermath
Putting my Marriage Back Together After a Line-of-Duty Death
Reaching Out to the Newly Bereaved
Resiliency – How to Survive in the Face of Trauma
Running a Healthy Chapter – Back to Basics
Single Parenting – When It’s Not By Choice
Survivor Guilt – Why Do I Feel So Guilty?
Teenagers and the Grief Process – Panel Discussion

To register for NPW, visit

WAStateC.O.P.S. offers financial assistance for survivors to attend NPW. When our assistance is determined for 2020, we will post the assistance form on our Resources page to download.


We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, advocacy, and peer support for surviving families, co-workers, and the law enforcement community for as long as they need us. Click the link below for our Washington State honored heroes.



C.O.P.S. contributes to the emotional and psychological well-being of LODD survivors. Chapters financially assist survivors to attend support programs offered by National C.O.P.S. For more on C.O.P.S. programs, click on the link below.



WAStateC.O.P.S. offers survivors professional help through events such as the Survivors conference at National Police Week, retreats, peer support and training. Visit the link below to see upcoming events locally or offered by National C.O.P.S.

Washington State COPS

Rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.

National Concerns of Police Survivors

Washington State Concerns of Police Survivors (WAStateC.O.P.S.) is one of over 50 chapters of Concerns  of Police Survivors.

National C.O.P.S. was founded in 1984, with our chapter incorporated in 1996.

C.O.P.S. chapters exist so survivors can offer and receive support from one another. Chapters fundraise in order to financially assist survivors to attend their retreats and the Survivors conference at National Police Week.

For information on how you can help Line of Duty Death (LODD) survivors living in Washington State, please contact us at Info@WashingtonStateCops.Org, or calling 425-522-2677.