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In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays ...special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
The first U.S. officer known to have died in the line of duty was in 1791. That number grew to 19,981 deaths as of January 1, 2013. So far in 2013, 40 officers have died.
The members of the Knoxville Police Department stand with our brothers and sisters to remember all who have given everything to make this country safe.
Numbers are from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund web site.