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Sep 15 2021

SAVE THE DATE - POLC/GELC Annual Conference

Save the Date for the 2021 POLC/GELC Annual Conference Wednesday, Sept. 15 through Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at the Park Place Hotel in beautiful downtown Traverse City.

Past Events

Dec 09 2020

Breaking the Blue Ceiling

Breaking the Blue Ceiling: Attracting, retaining, and advancing women in law enforcement was streamed via Zoom.

The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum hosted a high-profile panel of women and men in law enforcement to discuss the challenges of the recruitment of female officers, and the unique experiences that women face in their roles to serve and protect. There was no cost to participate.

The Keynote Speaker was The Honorable Maggie Hassan, Senator, United States Senate, Washington, DC. Regina Lombardo, Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)  who moderated the discussion.

Participants were invited to submit questions and engage presenters throughout the conversation.

Click here for more details.

Nov 10 2020

2020 Destination Zero Awards Ceremony

Destination Zero team had it’s first-ever virutal conference Nov. 10.

This biannual event featured sessions focused on officer safety, traffic safety, and wellness programs presented by award-winning agencies and experts in the medical and psychological fields, including a panel discussion on Pandemic, Protests and Policing in 2020: Strategies for Mental and Physical Well-Being.

Keynote speakers include law enforcement leaders who personally understand the needs of police agencies.

Destination Zero is a partnership between the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and VALOR Officer Safety Program.

Click here for more information.

Oct 21 2020


The 2020 POLC/GELC Annual Conference, originally scheduled for Oct. 21-23, 2020, has been cancelled due to safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for more information.

Oct 10 2020

Run for the Badge 5K Virtual

Run for the Badge 5K, which honors America’s law enforcement officers with a 5K run, was held remotely as an exclusively virtual event this October.

Originally, the Oct. 10, 2020 run was planned to be held in Washington, DC with a virtual participation option. Due to rising cases of coronavirus in the United States, individuals can support the run from anywhere in the world.

The 5K benefitted the National Law Enforcement Museum. For more information, email [email protected]

Oct 10 2020

Weekend of Remembrance

The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum hosted Weekend of Remembrance: Honoring those who serve and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, Oct. 10-11, 2020. Some events were live-streamed and/or took place remotely due to public health concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, National Run for the Badge 5K (detailed in above listing) took place remotely in cities across the country.

The Weekend of Remembrance virtual memorial service included a reading of the names of 307 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and whose names were engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial walls in May 2020. The ceremony was live-streamed on the Memorial’s Facebook page.

Through the first National Faith & Blue Weekend police officers distributed care kits assembled by volunteers from local law enforcement, faith, and civic communities to assist the homeless across the Washington, DC area and on the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum campus Oct. 11.

Oct 06 2020

National Night Out

Organizers of National Night Out, which is traditionally held the first Tuesday in August annually in Michigan and in many other states (Aug. 4, 2020) are encouraging police departments to postpone their local events due to the pandemic.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are strongly recommending that all National Night Out 2020 areas celebrate on October 6th, the first Tuesday in October,” the National Night Out website states, adding that Texas and other select areas traditionally celebrate National Night Out the first Tuesday in October.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, while bringing back a true sense of community. For more information, visit https://natw.org

Sep 11 2020

9/11 Memorial Service Broadcast

The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum broadcast live a 9/11 Memorial Service at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11 from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. The Facebook broadcast is in lieu of inviting guests.

The service honored hundreds of law enforcement officers who responded to terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the fatal crash of a hijacked plane in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. Seventy-two officers died responding to the attacks and since then 350 more have died due to illnesses stemming from harmful exposure to toxic materials. Click here for more details.

Click here for the Facebook link to watch the 9/11 Memorial Service.


Apr 23 2020

Facial Recognition in Law Enforcement Live-Streamed Event

The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum hosted a free live-streamed event: Facial Recognition in Law Enforcement: A New Normal.

The public program focused on issues surrounding facial recognition technology, including the pros and cons of its use, applications during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, normalizing surveillance in public spaces, the need for effective and efficient law enforcement tools in the digital age, ethnic bias and privacy concerns, and legal accountability and oversight.

Facial Recognition in Law Enforcement: A New Normal was live-streamed via Crowdcast.

Oct 12 2019

Run for the Badge

Run for the Badge, honoring America’s law enforcement officers with a 5K through downtown Washington, DC., was held Oct. 12.

The 5K benefits the National Law Enforcement Museum whether you run, walk or participate virtually. New this year is a Junior Cadet category for children ages 8-13, who will also receive a t-shirt and finishers medal. The Museum will also host a Family Fun Day where children will get to learn about law enforcement training.

While there’s no requirement to fundraise for the Run for the Badge 5K, every dollar participants raise benefits the Museum’s educational programs and events.

Aug 25 2019

2019 POLC/GELC Conference

Photo by Dave Millar, Photographic Impressions North

The 2019 POLC/GELC Annual Conference was held at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme, Michigan Sunday, Aug. 25  through Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. The conference featured renowned career labor attorney Richard Poulson, who spoke about social media, PTSD/fitness for duty and Brady Officer. Attendees had a choice of participating in a four-person golf scramble, a sporting clay course or a Cycle Pub Tour of Traverse City.

Aug 07 2019

25th Annual M.A.P.O. Golf Outing

The 25th Annual Michigan Association of Police Organizations (M.A.P.O.) Golf Outing was Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 at the Links of Novi.

The four-person scramble included 18 holes of golf and a golf cart, a continental breakfast, refreshments, hot dogs and chips on the course, and a steak dinner following golf.

The event included door prizes,and prizes for first, second, and third place teams; men and women’s longest drive and closest to the pin. There was also a skins game, 50/50 drawings and raffles.

The cost is $440 per team or $110 per golfer. Sponsors can have their company name prominently displayed at one of the holes for $250.

For more information, contact Julie Palmquist or Sandy Lopez at (248) 509-7158.

Aug 06 2019

National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Several communities have events planned. See the links below and check with your local law enforcement departments for any scheduled activities in your area.





National Police Week 2020

May 13 2020

Virtual Candlelight Vigil

Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) will be hosting a Virtual Candlelight Vigil at 8 p.m. ET May 13 instead of their publicly attended event at the National Mall.

Please click here to register in advance to watch the Virtual Candlelight Vigil.

The vigil will be broadcast via Verizon Media’s BUILD by Yahoo series and on its social platforms Facebook and Twitter, @VZUpToSpeed, as well as on LawMemorial.org and the Memorial’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter platforms.

The 2020 ceremony will include special remarks by more than 50 guests. The names of the 307 fallen that will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year will be read aloud. Those tuning into the vigil can also visit a web app to view the full list of fallen officers, with their name, rank and photo.

Through UNITED BY LIGHT, you can pay tribute to a law enforcement officer by lighting a virtual candle with a personal message of respect, honor, or remembrance. Once you submit your gift, a thank you page will appear in your browser with a link to a form to create your message. Your personal message will be posted on NLEOMF’s UNITED BY LIGHT tribute wall, and you can share your message via social media with family and friends.

Click here to donate by lighting a virtual candle.

From Marcia Ferranto, NLEOMF Chief Executive Officer: We understand this is a difficult and uncertain time for many and we are only asking you to give if you can. Please stay safe and healthy.

May 14 2020

C.O.P.S. hosts Police Week Memory Board

C.O.P.S. virtual “Memory Board” video/watch party will be held at 7 p.m. on Facebook. Click here for the link at 7 p.m. May 14 that will feature the surviving families saying recorded messages and showing pictures of their fallen officer. Followers will be encouraged to post in the comments messages of support during the watch party.

May 15 2020

National Police Week Merchandise Sale

While the current public health crisis may be preventing in-person gatherings in Washington, DC, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reopened their online gift shop and many items are listed at a discounted price until May 31, 2020.

National Police Week continues to serve as the annual time to honor and recognize our nation’s law enforcement. Celebrate 2020 National Police Week with the purchase of popular items from the existing store as well as special 2020 National Police Week merchandise.

Please browse the gift shop and search the National Police Week category. New items are being added daily. Click here to see some of the discounted items.