35 law enforcement officers have laid down their lives in the line of duty so far this year.
Today is Police Officers Memorial Day and the Beginning of Police Week. The names of 252 fallen officers will be added to the around 20,000 inscribed in the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
The presidential proclamation dedicates the day,
"To pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962 (75 Stat.676), has authorized and requested the President to designate May 15 of each year as "Peace Officers Memorial Day," and the week in which it falls as "National Police Week" and by Public Law 103-322 (36 U.S.C. 175) has requested that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers' Memorial Day."