FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All armed officers MUST have valid police credentials in order to enter the site. All plain clothes officers WILL wear their departmental badge on the outside and visible.
• Should I attend the Memorial Service?
• How much does the Memorial Service cost?
• How can I find a reasonably priced hotel?
• What should I wear to the Memorial Service?
• What is the best way to get to the Memorial Service?
• What are the rules concerning weapons?
• How long is the Memorial Service?
• Are there any events planned after the Memorial Service?
• Should I fly the flag at half staff on May 15th?
• What if I am a Uniform Motor Officer coming to the event?
• Where can I get a DVD of past services?
Should I attend the Memorial Service?
Yes! The Memorial Service is open to everyone. We encourage anyone within the law enforcement community to attend this important event. Last year, an estimated 40,000 people attended!
How much does the Memorial Service cost?
There is absolutely no charge for attending the Memorial Service.
How can I find a reasonably priced hotel for my stay in the Washington area?
The Police Week committee has contracted with Planit Meetings to provide discounted rates on hotel rooms for Police Week attendees. Visit their web site to check availability and make reservation.
What should I wear to the Memorial Service?
Law enforcement attendees are encouraged to attend in dress uniform. For all other attendees, we suggest wearing business attire. If you are in plain clothes and have a "raid badge", we suggest that you wear your badge exposed with a black memorial band across it. Please keep in mind the prevailing weather conditions – it can be very hot that time of year. Water is provided, however, we suggest that you consider bringing an umbrella and sun screen.
What is the best way to get to the Memorial Service?
Metro! The closest Metro stop is Capitol South, which is one block away. Capitol South is located on the Orange/Blue Lines. There is no street parking anywhere near the Capitol, so please don't attempt to drive to the event. Due to security restrictions at the Capitol, we ask that everyone arrives at least one hour early.
What are the rules concerning weapons?
The security at the event is handled by the Secret Service and the Capitol Police. All attendees will be required to go through metal detectors before entering the grounds of the Capitol. If you do not need your weapon, we suggest you leave it at home. Law enforcement officers with weapons MUST have valid photo ID's. Non-law enforcement attendees are prohibited from bringing weapons.
How long is the Memorial Service?
The Memorial Service is expected to run approximately two hours.
Are there any events planned after the Memorial Service?
National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others that share a common brotherhood. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.
The receptions are held outside in the 700 block of 4th Street and cover a two city block area. Parking is unavailable, so we suggest you take a cab or Metro. The closest Metro is Judiciary Square (Red Line), which is only one block away. Judiciary Square also happens to be the location of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. DC Map | Metro Map
Should I fly the flag at half staff on May 15th?
Yes. The United States Flag may be flown at half staff by Presidential Proclamation or by the state's governor. By statue, the President is required each year to issue a proclamation requiring government buildings to half staff the flag and invite all the people of the U.S. to do so as well, on May 15th, Peace Officer's Memorial Day.
What if I am a Uniform Motor Officer coming to the event?
Below is information for your coordinator:
The week of May 12 through May 16, 2012 will mark the Annual Police Week Memorial observance. I am privileged to have the honor of coordinating this years’ escorts in support of The Concern’s of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and C.O.P.S.' Kids events. This program is official Duty Motorcycle Officers Only. Unfortunately, civilian and retired officers are not authorized to participate in this operation. Motorcycle Units wishing to honor fellow officers, their eternal sacrifice and their surviving family members should schedule their working hours around the follow assignments.
Sunday, May 12th and Monday May 13th: The police survivors will arrive at Ronald Reagan Airport. Motor Officers should report to the lower concourse, ready to ride at 0900 hours. Sunday’s expected end of tour is 1800 hours. Monday’s tour will be extended.
Monday, May 13th: In addition to the airport arrivals will be the Annual Candle Light Vigil. All motors should report to the Alexandria Hilton Hotel, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria Va. NLT 1600 hours, ready to ride. End of tour is expected to be 2030 hours.
Tuesday, May 14th: There are no official duties for the ceremonial teams.
Wednesday, May 15th is the Annual Peace Officers Memorial Day Service. Officers wishing to ride in the procession should report to the rear of the Alexandria Hilton NLT 0900 hours. All Motor Officer responsibilities end at 1200 hours.
Thursday, May 16th is the COPS Kid Escort to the FBI National Academy. This is a significant but necessary change for the program. Officers will meet at the Seminary Hotel Parking area NLT 0830 hrs. The usual tours of the FBI Academy and the Marine Corps Museum will also occur. Lunch is provide for this day.
PVP Communications will furnish food and refreshments at the airport and all reporting escort locations for the motor officers. Their continued support for the Motor Officers during this special event is much appreciated.
Motor One, LLC has reserved a large number of rooms at the Crystal City Double Tree Hotel, Arlington VA. The special rate for this event is $202.00 a night, plus parking. The hotel is centrally located to all Police Week events, local transportation and secure parking. The rooms will be released to the public on April 16th, 2012. Go to MotorOneLLC.com and click on the hotel reservation link to make your reservation. There is no parking for trailers. These vehicles and large trucks can be stored at the US Park Police Facility in Anacostia Park, Washington DC.
C.O.P.S.’ Escort Coordinator
USPP Motor Sgt. (Retired)
Where can I get a DVD of past services?
The National Peace Officer Memorial Service for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 are available on DVD. To purchase a DVD please call the Grand Lodge FOP at 1-615-399-0900. There is no DVD for the 2010 service but there are plans for a 2011 version.