On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 54 hours.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, founded in 1984, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Memorial Fund operates the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, dedicated in 1991, and the National Law Enforcement Museum, opened in 2018, on one campus in Washington, DC.
The mission of the Memorial Fund is to honor the fallen, tell the story of American law enforcement, and make it safer for those who serve. Our vision is to inspire all citizens to value law enforcement and the vital role it plays in our society.
The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial--the nation's monument officers killed in the line of duty. The Memorial Fund is a principal organizer of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a Candlelight Vigil on May 13. In addition, the Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research into officer fatality trends and issues, and serves as an information clearinghouse for officer safety and wellness programs.
The National Law Enforcement Museum provides visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience through interactive exhibits, immersive collections, research and educational programs. The Museum’s beautiful and emotionally moving Hall of Remembrance provides a reflective space for visitors to remember the fallen and offers an inextricable link between the Memorial and the Museum.
The Memorial Fund is governed by a Board of Directors representing 15 of the most prestigious law enforcement organizations in the country. In addition, three major corporate partners serve on the Board of Directors including Motorola Solutions, Verizon and DuPont. The Memorial Fund’s dedicated staff members bring diverse backgrounds and skills to fulfill the organization's mission. The Memorial Fund does not receive taxpayer dollars for its day-to-day operations and relies on the generous contributions of the public.