Friday, December 16, 2016

Fallen Officer Names Buried at Museum Construction Site

Braving temperatures in the teens, Memorial Fund President and CEO Craig W. Floyd climbed down 65 feet into the construction site of the National Law Enforcement Museum. Strapped to his back as he climbed down several ladders on this December day, was a wooden box containing rubbings of names of fallen officers from the Memorial across the street.

The rubbings were part of a project from National Police Week in 2014. Visitors to the Memorial were asked to make extra rubbings of their loved one’s names so they could be placed into a capsule and embedded into the Museum underneath the area which will contain the Museum’s Hall of Remembrance. Hundreds of rubbings were collected and they waited for the day when they could be forever sealed into the foundation of the building designed to tell their profession’s story. That day came on December 15, 2016.

Mr. Floyd carefully delivered the capsule to its final resting place. He gently placed the wooden box into the ground, and shoveled in the dirt on top. Concrete will soon be poured over the site as construction for the Museum continues.

The Museum is expected to be completed  in 2018.

Monday, November 28, 2016

NHL's Blue Jackets Honor First Responders and Families

It was a great night on November 18 in downtown Columbus as the surrounding community and the State of Ohio poured into the Nationwide Arena for the annual Columbus Blue Jackets First Responders Night. Not only did this night honor Ohio First Responders, it also honored and recognized the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. More than $4,000 were raised for the first National Law Enforcement Museum.

The Blue Jackets hosted the New York Rangers and won in an exciting game with a final score of 4-2.

Prior to the start of the game, the Blue Jackets observed a moment of remembrance for Columbus (OH) Police Officer Steve Smith and Hilliard (OH) Police Officer Sean Johnson as their families were recognized on the ice. 

Mounted police on horses welcomed fans outside Nationwide Arena while concourse attractions included a K-9 unit, a bomb squad robot, a CPR training station and a dress-up station where kids were able to try on police, firefighter and bomb squad gear. In addition, fans were treated to pre-game and first intermission performances by the Columbus Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, a group of active-duty or retired Columbus police officers and firefighters.
Columbus Division of Police officer Alex Behnen and Gary Leister were given a personalized jersey from the team in a ceremony at intermission. They were honored for discovering two historical line of duty deaths that were not known or recognized locally or in Washingon, DC, at the national memorial.  

After the game Hilliard and Columbus police officers and their families were invited down on the ice for group photos. Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson met the kids and parents in the locker room.

Our thanks to Malinda Smyth, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena for saluting First Responders and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Special thanks to the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, City of Columbus Police Department and Bill Swank for their efforts in assisting with this event.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Memorial Commemorates 25th Anniversary with FBI National Academy

Dressed in the standard khaki cargo pants and green polo shirts, the members of the 266th Session of the FBI National Academy walked among walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Wednesday night. As the sun started to set, they kneeled by the 20,789 names. Some sat nearby in silence, others etched names they recognized onto paper.

The officers looked across E Street at the wide 30-foot hole in the ground, part of the construction that will eventually become the National Law Enforcement Museum. They talk about making a trip back to Washington, DC, in mid-2018, when the Museum is slated to open.

The FBI’s Jeffery S. McCormick started the wreathlaying ceremony with the introduction, welcoming the 266th Session to the Memorial. The presentation of colors was provided by the Alexandria (VA) Police Department.

Memorial Fund President and CEO Craig W. Floyd was happy to have the members of the National Academy at the Memorial this week.

“Tonight you help us commemorate a very special milestone in law enforcement history,” he said. “It was 25 years ago this past Saturday, on October 15, 1991, when we dedicated this majestic monument that was built to honor the men and women in law enforcement. To honor our service, remember those who have sacrificed their lives in the performance of duty.”

Mr. Floyd took a few minutes to share the history of the Memorial, how it was built and the special significance of Judiciary Square, where the Memorial, and soon the Museum, stands.

“It was in 1972 when a detective from Suffolk County in New York, by the name of Donald Guilford, had the vision to build a national law enforcement officers memorial. And he took that to his local Congressman, and they introduced a bill. Language for some time, but ultimately they went to a leader among law enforcement. His name was Mario Biaggi, a Congressman from New York City. He had served for 23 years with the New York City Police Department. A legendary figure, he was wounded 10 times in the line of duty, the most decorated officer in New York City history when he retired in 1965. He served 20 years in Congress, and he always said one of his proudest, if not the proudest, achievement he ever had was the establishment of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

“He introduced the legislation, became law in 1984. And after seven years of dedicated effort, we opened this monument to the public. It wasn’t easy. It took us two years to pick the specific site it should be built on. Congress didn’t legislate that. So we scoured the city, and we came upon Judiciary Square, where we’re standing here tonight. They say that President George Washington once stood in this very place. He decided that this Judiciary Square would become the seat of our judicial branch of government, the seat of criminal justice in America. It’s one of the three major spaces they designed Washington around. We felt that this was the spot to honor the men and women who enforce the laws of our nation, and keep the peace.

“So in 1991, when we dedicated this memorial, there were 12,561 names added to these Memorial walls. It was a Herculean task to identify those fallen heroes. It’s never been done before. We were the first.”

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Minnesota Wild Supports Law Enforcement at Special Game

On Tuesday night, the Minnesota Wild held their annual law enforcement night to honor and recognize Minnesota Law Enforcement.

The Wild battled the Los Angeles Kings in an exciting game where the Wild came out on top in a final score of 6-3.

This special night benefited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and each fan that purchased a discounted ticket through the special offer received a co-branded Minnesota Wild and Memorial Fund rally towel and were treated to a pregame party.

Prior to the game, law enforcement friends, family and supporters gathered on the ice for a photo.

The next Minnesota Wild law enforcement night will take place in early 2017. For other law enforcement night events with NHL teams across the country visit

We salute the Minnesota Wild on supporting the thin blue line. Good luck this season!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Law Enforcement Recognized Throughout Major League Baseball

On Saturday, September 17, the Cleveland Indians brought their entire "Tribe" out as the Indians battled the Detroit Tigers in extra innings as they continue to fight for the playoffs and a chance to win the American League Central. The Indians won 1-0.

Not only was it a big win for the "Tribe" but it was a special win for law enforcement as the Indians held their annual Law Enforcement Night at Progressive Field.

Before the game started, a moment of silence was held in honor of Ohio State Trooper Kenneth Velez who was struck and killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop in Cleveland on September 15. Trooper Velez is the seventh officer to be struck and killed in 2016 and the fourth law enforcement fatality for the state of Ohio.

The National Anthem was performed by Sergeant Michael Maughmer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol as the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard presented the colors.

Throwing out the first pitch (which was a strike) and representing Federal Law Enforcement was Ohio native and current United States Marshal of the Northern District of Ohio Peter Elliott.

Despite the overcast weather, 26,654 were attendance to witness a great game and a great night supporting law enforcement, which raised over $2,700 for the Memorial Fund.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund would like to thank JP Makari and the Group Sales Team, Cleveland Indians Community Impact Team, Bill Swank, Ohio Chiefs of Police Association, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Cleveland Chapter and the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police for their support and making it a great event.

Also around the league, Texas Rangers also hosted Law Enforcement Night on Saturday, honoring our August 2016 Officer of the Month Award winners Ed Pietrowski and Michael Sarro. This event was held in partnership with the Texas Rangers and the Police Officers Angel Foundation. Special thanks to Maria Alvarado and Zak Ganter.

For the latest law enforcement sporting events, visit

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Twin Cities Honor Law Enforcement on 9-11 Anniversary

The afternoon game on Sunday, Sept. 11, was a day to remember in the Twin Cities as the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians honored and recognized Minnesota law enforcement and paid tribute to those who died on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Great weather was on hand as more than 20,300 were in attendance for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Before the game, representatives from the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association, Minnesota Sheriffs Association and the Concerns of Police Survivors’ (C.O.P.S.) Minnesota Chapter gathered at home plate as the St. Paul Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors during the national anthem. The Minnesota Twins Territory Flag was raised and saluted by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association’s Minnesota Chapter.

The Minnesota Twins salute law enforcement and thank everyone for attending and supporting the annual event. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund would like to give special thanks to Luis Breazeal and Sam Henschen and to the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association for going above and beyond and making this a great event.

Other NLEOMF events that took place on Sunday, Sept. 11, included games with the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros. For the latest in law enforcement appreciation sporting events visit

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Kansas City Honors Law Enforcement

On Monday, July 18, the Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball teamed up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund as they hosted the annual Law Enforcement Night at the "K" as the World Series Champions Kansas City Royals battled the Cleveland Indians. The Royals beat the Indians in a final score of 7-3. 

More than 38,000 were in attendance on this special night which gave the general public along with family and friends to come out to the "K" and honor and thank law enforcement.

The Royals' support for police took on extra significance that evening in wake of recent shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Slain Kansas City (KS) Police Detective Brad Lancaster was also honored by the Kansas City Royals. Detective Lancaster was killed in the line of duty earlier this year helping other officers respond to a suspicious person near the Kansas Speedway.  

Detective Lancaster daughters threw out the first pitch as Kansas City Police Officer Dustin Dierenfeldts sang the National Anthem.

Royals manager Ned Yost says he has a deep respect for the officers who work at Kauffman Stadium and on the streets. 

"We know how important they are to everybody's safety," Yost said before the game. "To continue to find ways and to support them for what they do. They are very important to this community and every community." 

Our thanks goes out to all the law enforcement officers and the Royals fans that attended, special thanks to Royals Group Sales Representative Ariel Peralta and Community Relations Director Ben Aken. For the latest on law enforcement sporting events visit

Monday, May 16, 2016

Washington Nationals Host Law Enforcement Night

In the second game of a doubleheader, the Washington Nationals hosted law enforcement officers, their families and supporters on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Anne Arundel County State Attorney W‎es Adams joined Police Unity Tour members Maggie Deboard, Tim Benedict and Karen Bonz on the field for a pre-game ceremony.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Night with the Nationals

Friday, May 13, 2016

Police Unity Tour 2016

Shortly after 2 pm today, over 2,000 members of the Police Unity Tour completed their long journey to Washington, DC. Participants traveled hundreds of miles over the past three days to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Friends, family and supporters gathered at the Memorial, waving signs and cheering on the participants as they finished the long ride. The Police Unity Tour’s motto is “We Ride for Those Who Died” and is one that each rider seriously embraces. Participants not only trained hard for the 300 mile average ride but also raised money to provide awareness and financial support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

After all riders had entered the Memorial, a brief ceremony was held, and the Police Unity Tour presented a check for $2.32 million to Craig W. Floyd, President & CEO of the the Memorial Fund.

We thank all the members of the Police Unity Tour, who worked tirelessly to ensure the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement heroes are forever remembered. Their generosity, commitment and unity are vital to honoring all officers killed in the line of duty.

Monday, May 9, 2016

37th Annual Washington Area Police Memorial Service

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, DC, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1, and the DC Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors hosted the 37th Annual Washington Area Police Memorial Service at MPD’s Headquarters in downtown DC, with Shawn Anderson of WTOP News as master of ceremonies.

This annual service recognizes the work of all DC Metro area law enforcement officers. Special recognition was given to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2015, including Carolyn Cross, Craig Chandler, Noah Leotta, and Brennan Rabain.

Following the presentation of colors and the national anthem, introductory remarks were given by District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, followed by remarks from Representatives from the DC Department of Corrections, Baltimore City Police Department, Montgomery County Police Department, and Prince George's County Police Department spoke about their officers lost in the past year, which was followed by a solemn roll call of fallen heroes from the DC Metro area.

Survivors, law enforcement officers and friends placed blue roses as the names of the fallen were read.

The names of the officers honored at the service today will be dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at the 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil this Friday, May 13 at 8:00 pm, along with 252 other officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

For more information about National Police Week 2016, including a complete schedule of events, visit

New York Yankees Host Law Enforcement Night in the Bronx

The constant mist on a cold night in May couldn’t keep New York Yankees fans from one of the biggest rivalries in sports. With the Boston Red Sox in town for the first time this season, scores of people traveled from all around the tri-state area for an exciting game on Friday, May 6, down to the final out.

Hundreds of fans were also there in support of local law enforcement, as the Yankees hosted Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Yankee Stadium. Fans traveled from as far away as Texas to watch the Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-2. They also saw a little more action that they had anticipated in the ninth inning as Red Sox DH David Ortiz was struck out with bases loaded, blowing a chance to tie or even win the game. An angry Ortiz, who had scored a home run in the first inning, immediately ran back on the field and accosted the umpire, giving everyone a story to take home that night.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund would like to thank the New York Yankees for the opportunity to share this game with the local law enforcement, their families and supporters. A special thanks to David Sibelman and the rest of the Group Sales & Service Department. 

The Yankees will host another Law Enforcement Appreciation event on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Special discounted tickets will go on sale later this summer.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

21st Annual LawRide

Today, law enforcement officers and motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC for the 21st Annual LawRide to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Hundreds of motorcyclists cruised past the U.S. Capitol, down Pennsylvania Avenue, and up 5th Street on their way to the Memorial.

Immediately following the ride, a ceremony was held and ceremonial wreaths were placed at the Memorial’s center medallion, to honor all the fallen heroes of American law enforcement.

For more information about National Police Week 2016, including a complete schedule of events, visit

Saturday, May 7, 2016

25th Annual Correctional Officers Wreath Laying Ceremony

This morning, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Corrections Chiefs Committee gathered at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to honor correctional officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Since the Memorial was first dedicated in October 1991, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Corrections Chiefs Committee has conducted an annual ceremony at the Memorial to recognize the service and sacrifice of our nation's correctional officers.

The roll call of fallen heroes was solemnly read aloud as members of the participating honor guards carried red roses to the center medallion of the Memorial. After each flower was placed, a single bell tolled. In a traditional symbolic gesture, white doves were released at the end of the ceremony and a wreath was placed at the medallion.

The ceremony is held during National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Proclaiming the first-ever National Correctional Officers' Week on May 5, 1984, President Reagan called “upon officials of State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

In 1996, Congress officially changed the name of the week to National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. These courageous heroes are forever remembered. Their light continues to shine through their memory and through the selfless men and women who continue to serve each day.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

National Police Week: 22nd Annual Blue Mass

Photos from today's 22nd Annual Blue Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Washington, DC.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Held each year at the beginning of National Police Week, the church prays for those in law enforcement and fire safety, remember those who have fallen, and support those who serve. Representatives of Federal and local law enforcement and public safety agencies from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and around the country attend.

22nd Annual Blue Mass

Monday, April 4, 2016

United For Blue Marches for Second Year

The grey skies cleared just in time on Saturday, April 2, for the United For Blue march in Washington, DC. The march started at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Judiciary Square, as more than a hundred people gathered with signs that read “Blue Lives Matter.”

Retired police officer Marcello Muzzatti reminded the crowd about why they had gathered, to remember the sacrifice of law enforcement officers throughout the country. Kelly Wince and Bobbie Padgett, wives of officers, thanked those who appreciated the work that’s done to protect citizens daily.

Memorial Fund President and CEO Craig W. Floyd expressed concern about how officers are portrayed by the public. With sixteen officers shot and killed in the line of duty in 2016 so far, Floyd described a lawlessness in the country.

Being led by a bagpipe band, the marchers started to walk toward the National Mall, on their way to the U.S. Capitol. Additional speakers at the Mall included Matthew Mahl, president of the DC Police Union, and former NFL players Sydney Rice and Clinton Portis.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

263rd Session of FBI National Academy Visits Memorial

As the members of the 263rd Session of the FBI National Academy exited the buses that brought them to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, they made their way to the walls inscribed with the names of more than 20,000 fallen officers.

On the crisp, clear evening of Tuesday, March 1, 2016, they crouched down by the walls to etch names onto paper, their colleagues providing extra light from their smartphones. They came to pay their respects to their fellow officers before graduating from the academy the following week.

Jeff McCormick, of the FBI, invited them to the middle of the Memorial and started the program by reminding them of the ultimate sacrifice the fallen officers made. He was followed by the National Anthem, sung by two officers from the New York City Police Department.

Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd began his remarks by reminding the crowd of the numerous recent killings of police officers, including Ashley Guindon, who was eulogized at a funeral service that afternoon in nearby Prince William County, Virginia.

“There are now 20,538 names inscribed on these memorial walls,” Floyd said. “This coming May [during National Police Week], we’ll be adding approximately 250 more.”

“On average, one law enforcement professional is killed in the line of duty every 60 hours. There are some 57,000 criminal attacks and assaults against law enforcement officers each year in this country. More than 100,000 law enforcement professionals are injured in the line of duty each year. And yet, amazingly, some 900,000 of you go out every day, risking your life and safety for the protection of others. It’s truly remarkable when you consider those statistics.”

The negative image and public scrutiny that has been plaguing law enforcement in recent years was also addressed.

“That’s why it really bothers me, sickens me, really, when you hear some of the anti-cop sentiment that we’ve heard over these last couple of years. For the most part, the average citizen doesn’t have any contact with a law enforcement officer. The Justice Department tells us only 1 out of 5 citizens has any contact at all with a law enforcement officer during the course of a year. Most of those are traffic stops.”

He continued, “You know, we hear so much of the courage of our officers, we don’t hear nearly enough about the compassion that you all display on a daily basis.”

Floyd closed his speech by telling the members about the plans to open the National Law Enforcement Museum in 2018. Financing for the Museum was secured in late-January and construction is expected to start later this month.

“We’ll have two beautiful glass pavilions that will greet our visitors, and then you’ll descend down into the underground Museum. In this historic area we call ‘Judiciary Square,’ there will be 57,000 square-feet of space to tell your story.”

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Minnesota Wild host inaugural law enforcement appreciation night

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, more than 400 law enforcement officers joined the Minnesota Wild for their inaugural law enforcement appreciation night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. This special night was dedicated to honoring and recognizing those that make up Minnesota’s thin blue line, thousands of law enforcement officers committed to public safety.

Those who purchased their ticket through the special offer received a National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund hockey puck, a discounted ticket to the game, the opportunity to take a picture on the ice and a special VIP party in the Bud Light Fan Zone.

The Minnesota Wild came up short in a tough 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders.

Due to high demand, the event sold out and the Minnesota Wild have put together another special offer for March 31, when the Wild take on the Ottawa Senators. We would like to thank everyone who attended, with special thanks to Lindsay Weier and the Wild Group Sales Team, the Minnesota Association of Chiefs of Police, the Minnesota FOP, Minnesota Sheriffs Association, Law Enforcement Labor Services of Minnesota and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Destination Zero Spotlight: Orange County (FL) Sheriff's Office

Source: Wikipedia
The Orange County (FL) Sheriff's Office was the recipient of Destination Zero's 2015 Comprehensive Safety Award, in recognition of their comprehensive, top-down approach to officer safety and wellness.

"Fit Deputy," is a voluntary program providing incentives for deputies to exercise. The program integrates the local business community by allowing deputies to use specific hotel gyms at no cost to ensure that all deputies have access to a workout facility.

The Sheriff’s Office has a permanent Wellness Coordinator and is adding a Wellness Analyst to help gauge the well-being of its officers and address negative trends in an expeditious manner. The Wellness Coordinator not only arranges health fairs and screenings, but provides employees access to counseling and family support.

The agency also provides employees’ lunch boxes/coolers with the agency logo, and promotes materials like the “Tactical Lunch Bag” guide to healthy eating and on-duty nutrition shown below.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nashville Predators take win in Law Enforcement Appreciation game

On a night dedicated to honoring law enforcement officers at Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Predators ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Saturday, January 16. Before the game, fans interacted with the Davidson County (TN) Sheriff’s Department Mobile Booking and Jail vehicle. The Metro-Nashville (TN) Police Department had their Bomb Disposal Vehicle on hand and the Tennessee Crime Stoppers and Metro Nashville Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, had display tables along the concourse featuring career opportunities and interactions with the general public.

The Metro Nashville Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors during the National Anthem. A pre-game ceremony honored Brentwood (TN) Police Department Lieutenant John Wood and Murfreesboro (TN) Police Department Officer Haley Alden, who received the Remington Heroes Award for the heroic service they have provided to their respective communities.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund would like to thank AJ Rockwell, Marty Mulford and the Nashville Predators group sales and ticketing department, as well as the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police for their assistance in organizing this event.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Memorial Fund Hosts Congressional Reception

Last week, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund presents its 2015 Excellence in Media Award to FOX News personality Greta Van Susteren and its 2015 Distinguished Service Award to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at a Congressional reception in the Rayburn House Office Building.

After an introduction from Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd, more than a hundred guests heard from Jackie Rice, Chief Risk & Compliance Officer at Target, the sponsor of this event. The Chairs of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), both also shared remarks.

Ms. Van Susteren has been a steadfast advocate for law enforcement, recently devoting a considerable amount of air time on her weekday show, On The Record, detailing the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers.

NHTSA has led advancements in transportation safety and has been a long-time partner with the Memorial Fund and law enforcement agencies across the nation in efforts to make roads safer for our officers and everyone. Accepting on their behalf, Administrator Mark R. Rosekind said, "until we get to zero [deaths], not just for everybody but especially for law enforcement, much work is still to be done.”

Each year, the Memorial Fund’s Board of Directors selects award winners who embody leadership and service, and whose contributions have had a positive impact on the law enforcement profession.

Congressional Reception