Frequently Asked Questions
• 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 15?
• What if I am a Uniform Motor Officer coming to the event?
• Where can I get a DVD of past services?
Yes! The Memorial Service is open to everyone. We encourage anyone within the law enforcement community to attend this important event. An estimated 40,000 people attended each year!
There is absolutely no charge for attending the Memorial Service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Memorial Service is expected to run approximately two hours.
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.
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 15, Peace Officer's Memorial Day.
Below is information for your coordinator:
National Peace Officers Memorial Day falls on Sunday, May 15 in 2016. Because National Police Week takes place during the calendar week on which May 15 falls, this year's official NPW dates are Sunday, May 15, 2016 through Saturday, May 21, 2016. However, several annual events will take place before May 15. I have the privileged 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 for Official Duty Motorcycle Officers Only, being utilized as Ceremonial Escort Motors. Unfortunately, civilian and retired officers are not authorized to participate in this operation. Motorcycle Units wishing to honor fellow officers, their eternal sacrifice and the surviving family members should schedule their working hours around the follow assignments.
Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12:
The Police Survivors will arrive at Ronald Reagan Airport and be escorted to their respective hotel. Motor Officers should report to the lower concourse, ready to ride at 0900 hours. Both days tour will end approximately 1800 hrs.
Friday, May 13:
This is the evening of the Candle Light Vigil. Motors wishing to participate 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.
Saturday, May 14:
There are no official duties for the ceremonial teams.
Sunday, May 15:
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.
Monday, May 16:
The C.O.P.S. Kids Escort to the FBI National Academy. 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 provided for this day. Motor Officers are encouraged to bring challenge coins, decals, patches etc as “give a ways” to the children.
PVP Communications will furnish food and refreshments at the airport and all reporting escort locations for the motor officers. Their continued support to the Motor Officers during this special event is much appreciated.
C.O.P.S. Escort Coordinator
USPP Motor Sgt. (Retired)
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.