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National Police Week

President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 in 1962 designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of those law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty and its calendar week as Police Week in recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws. Amended in 1994, President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 103-322 directing the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff on May 15 unless that day is also Armed Forces Day, which is celebrated on the third Saturday in May.

Police Week – May 12–18, 2019

Indiana Officers to be Honored on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial During Police Week

Sergeant Benton Hurley Bertram – Charlestown Police Department – December 12, 2018
Sergeant Edward Ronald Bollman – Indiana Department of Natural Resources – February 13, 2018
Sergeant Joseph Alan Cox Jr. – Allen County Sheriff’s Department – February 12, 2017 †
Deputy Sheriff Jacob Matthew Pickett – Boone County Sheriff’s Department – March 5, 2018
Patrolman Robert Shawn Pitts – Terre Haute Police Department – May 4, 2018
Officer Charles W. Schmitt – Evansville Police Department – January 26, 1932
Officer David Alexander Tinsley – Fort Wayne Police Department – September 11, 2018

† This officer is being recognized one year after first becoming eligible for consideration

Indiana Officers Added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Past Years