In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This year, National Police Week is May 9 through May 15, 2021. Read the Presidential Proclamation to learn more.
Following are resources available from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
BJA Programs and Initiatives
Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) Program
This award honors exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers.
Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Wellness
BJA recognizes the important and often-times dangerous work that our nation's law enforcement officers do on a daily basis.
Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program
Created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998, the BVP Program is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement.
Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV)
The highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, MOV is awarded annually by the President to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.
Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Programs
PSOB Programs provide death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.
VALOR Initiative: Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability
VALOR is designed to prevent violence against law enforcement officers and ensure officer resilience and survivability following violent encounters during the course of their duties.
Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit
Developed with support from BJA, the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit helps promote learning about officer safety and encourages the leveraging of resources to augment state, local, and tribal efforts to promote officer safety.
Sponsored by BJA and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), this website provides access to technical information, NIJ's Compliance Testing Program and Compliant Product List, and guidelines for proper fit and care of body armor.