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, to honor of the Federal, State, and Municipal Officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.
Every 57 hours a police officer will be killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States. To honor all those in public safety who have sacrificed their lives to protect their communities, the Beaverton Police Department officers will wear mourning bands over their badges from Sunday, May 10 through Saturday, May 16.
A memorial service is held annually at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training on May 15 in Salem. The memorial honors all aspects of Oregon law enforcement service including city, county, and state police officers; county and state corrections officers; parole and probation officers; and other local, state, and federal law enforcement agents and officers. A memorial wall is on site at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training which honors the names of more than 180 line of duty deaths in Oregon from as far back as the 1880.