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Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day

Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day

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 killed or disabled in the line of duty and its calendar week as Police Week in recognition of the service given by the men and women who stand guard 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 shall 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 2023

Sunday, May 14 – Saturday, May 20

Indiana Officers Honored on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial During Police Week in 2022

Corporal Robert Wayne Nicholson • Clark County Sheriff’s Department • September 26, 2021
Officer John Davis Starks • Clark County Sheriff’s Department • December 8, 2021
Town Marshal James Joshua Payne • Fairmount Police Department • November 26, 1903
Sergeant Thomas Edward Sawyer • Hammond Police Department • June 17, 2021
Correctional Lieutenant Eugene Lee Lasco • Indiana Department of Correction • February 21, 2021
Reserve Deputy Sheriff James Richard Hirtzel • Jackson County Sheriff’s Department • October 12, 2021
Town Marshal Anthony Wayne Hinshaw • Losantville Town Marshal’s Office • November 25, 2021
Reserve Deputy Sheriff James Alan Driver • Monroe County Sheriff’s Department • March 29, 2021
Detective Gregory Joseph Ferency • Terre Haute Police Department • July 7, 2021

Indiana Officers Honored on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Past Years

2021
City Marshal Joseph C. Fishback Sr. • Cannelton Police Department • November 8, 1900
Detective Sergeant Te’Juan Fontrese Johnson • Charlestown Police Department • December 2, 2020
Officer Breann Rochelle Leath • Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department • April 9, 2020
Patrolman Kenneth Reid Lester • Richmond Police Department • February 10, 2020

2020
Chief of Police David Paul Hewitt • Rising Sun Police Department • February 13, 2019
Trooper Peter Richard Stephan • Indiana State Police • October 11, 2019

2019
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

2018
Lieutenant Aaron William Allan • Southport Police Department • July 27, 2017
Town Marshal Andrew P. Dillion • Haughville Town Marshal’s Office • June 28, 1890
Merchant Policeman John L. Watterson • Indianapolis Police Department • December 23, 1893
Patrolman Harrison Burgess Wells • Vincennes Police Department • August 8, 1905

2017
Sergeant William Rollin Brand • Monroe County Sheriff’s Department • February 8, 2005
Deputy Sheriff Carl Allen Koontz • Howard County Sheriff’s Department • March 20, 2016