Date: May 12, 2020
Adam Steiner, Acting Special Agent in Charge and Steve Slazinik, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the St. Louis Field Office of IRS Criminal Investigation join communities nationwide in recognizing the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement during National Police Week. This year's observance takes place from May 10, 2020 through May 16, 2020.
"Every year, we affirm our commitment to honoring America's law enforcement community by remembering all the fallen officers and those who suffered permanent disabilities protecting their communities," said Acting Special Agent in Charge Adam Steiner. "To the recent death of Officer Mike Mosher in Kansas, we will remember his dedication and service. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the community, and the Overland Park Police Department." Officer Mosher of the Overland Park Police Department and President of the Overland Park Fraternal Order of Police was killed in the line of duty on May 3, 2020 while responding to a hit-and run-incident.
"We honor the memory of the law enforcement officers that lost their lives while conducting their duties and fulfilling their oath to their communities," said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Steve Slazinik. "Officer Christopher Walsh in Springfield, Missouri displayed such courageous actions on March 16." Officer Walsh of the Springfield Police Department, an Army veteran, and active in the U.S. Army Reserves for 10 years was killed in the line of duty on March 16, 2020 while responding to an active shooter at a convenience store.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as the National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. As established, National Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week pay special recognition and tribute to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty.
Each year, during National Police Week, we honor, remember and celebrate all the efforts, zeal and loyalty that law enforcement officers give to protect the communities they serve. As evidenced during the COVID-19 pandemic, law enforcement officers have provided vigilant patrol of our communities every day.
This year, during a virtual candlelight vigil, the names of the fallen officers who are being memorialized on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial will be read on May 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. (CDT). As a result of the cancellation of public gatherings due to COVID-19, you can visit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to watch the virtual event and light a virtual candle. For FBI data tables and to learn more about the fallen officers whose names will be read aloud.