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May 15, 2018

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray Recognizes National Police Week

This week, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray commemorates National Police Week by honoring the fallen and recognizing the service and sacrifice made by all law enforcement personnel and their families.

“On behalf of the entire FBI, I want to recognize and thank all of our law enforcement colleagues for their service as we observe National Police Week. The FBI is proud to stand with you as we work together to protect our families and communities,” said Director Wray. “This week, we especially honor and remember those brave officers, deputies, and agents who gave their lives to protect their fellow citizens. Their losses remind us that our safety and freedom come at great cost, and that we must continue to do everything in our power to reduce threats to the men and women of law enforcement and keep them safe from harm.”

In 1962, Congress enacted a joint resolution, signed by President John F. Kennedy, declaring May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. This resolution also created National Police Week as an annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice.

The FBI especially remembers colleagues who have died in the line of duty. This year, the names of seven special agents will be added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial, bringing the number of FBI special agents memorialized to 75. The FBI remembers their service and their ultimate sacrifice, and reflects upon their life and their dedication to helping others. These special agents embodied the FBI's motto of "Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity" through their loyalty and commitment to protecting our country and citizens and upholding the Constitution of the United States.