The Raleigh Police Department is marking National Police Week with a bike ride to honor law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty. A team of officers will ride bikes from from downtown Raleigh to Virginia. The officers stop at various memorials along the way to recognize their fallen fellow officers.
Typically, RPD would join other Wake County Law Enforcement agencies to honor and remember the lives of the fallen officers from the County, but COVID-19 changed that. This year, RPD has produced a video that commemorates the lives of the eight fallen RPD officers.
National Police Week is May 9 through May 15. The memorial week occurs each May and include celebrations such as candlelight vigils, pipe band competitions, conferences, and the National Peace Officers Memorial Service. However, this year many celebrations are virtual or postponed.
National Peace Officers Memorial Day
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. The calendar week in which May 15 falls was proclaimed as National Police Week.