Honoring Fallen Police Officers

This week, police officers from cities and towns across the country are in Washington, D.C. to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our communities. On Peace Officers Memorial Day and during Police Week, NLC acknowledges the sacrifice of police officers who put themselves in harm's way to keep our cities safe.

Between 120 to 160 police officers are killed in the line of duty each year in our cities. While policing is one of the most dangerous jobs in city government, it is also one of the most important. To reduce the risk, NLC believes police officers must have the support, resources and training they need to serve their communities with honor, integrity, moral character, and courage and come home safe to their families.

On March 7, 2016, NLC released the "City Officials Guide to Policing in the 21st Century" to inform elected officials about the relevant recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and provide guidance on how they can work together with their city’s law enforcement officials to implement the principles of community policing. The report includes a section on officer wellness which highlights the need for cities to prioritize the mental and physical well-being of police officers.

NLC is committed to helping city leaders work with their law enforcement officials to find ways to reduce the number of police officers killed in the line of duty each year. Assuring the safety of our police officers is a top priority for our local governments.