ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In honor of National Police Week, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger and the Eastern District of Virginia will recognize the service and sacrifice of federal, state, and local law enforcement.
National Police Week events began Monday and will continue through Saturday.
In 1962, President Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week.
“During Police Week, our nation appropriately pauses to celebrate the service and bravery of police officers from around the country who selflessly gave their last full measure of devotion,” said Terwilliger.
EDVA will celebrate law enforcement partners in various ways, including visiting local law enforcement divisions in Alexandria, Newport News, Norfolk, and Richmond to deliver breakfast and lunch to police departments.
"This week, I ask all Americans to join me in saying ‘thank you’ to our nation’s federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers. Their devotion and sacrifice to our peace and security will not be taken for granted," said Attorney General William P. Barr.
The EVDA honors fallen officers during this time as well. According to data by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officer Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program, 89 law enforcement officers died nationwide in the line of duty in 2019.
Two of the officers were in the Eastern District of Virginia.