It's that special time of year again where we have the privilege of honoring our brothers and sisters who blue who have made the ultimate sacrifice: National Police Week 2019 in Washington, D.C.
This year's event, which is also the culmination of the Police Unity Tour 2019, is slated to be the largest ever. With Police agencies from across the country and around the world in attendance, there is no better place to be this week if you are on the job or part of the thin blue line family. We at 221B Tactical could not be more excited about being part of this awesome event for the fourth year in a row. And this year, we are bringing our brave men, women and K-9s an experience at Tent City like never before. Be sure to stop by for some goodies. Get ready!
Whether you've attended before or you're a first time attendee, this guide will be your single source for information to help you navigate all the events and activities Police Week has to offer for our Law Enforcement family.
Sunday May 12 - Saturday May 18
Monday, May 6, 2019
Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service
The DC FOP Lodge #1, FOP Auxiliary, DC MPD and DC-COPS are co-hosting their annual Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service, which starts at 11:30 a.m. at DC MPD Headquarters, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
The Auxiliary will be hosting a luncheon at the nearby DC FOP Lodge after the service, catered by Mission BBQ.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Annual Blue Mass
The Blue Mass will be held at 12:10 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church (10th & G Streets, NW, Washington, DC). For additional information please call 202-347-2713 or visit www.saintpatrickdc.org. At the Annual Blue Mass, first responders gather to remember the contributions of those who have served in law enforcement and public safety agencies and to ask for continued protection for them in the future. Representatives of Federal and local law enforcement and public safety agencies from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and around the country attend.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
National Police Week 5K
The National Police Week 5K, hosted by the Officer Down Memorial Page, is held at the beginning of National Police Week each year in Washington D.C. Thousands of runners and walkers, young and old, come together in our Nation's Capitol - and are joined by Virtual Runners around the world - to honor the memory of fallen law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. Join us as we Run to Remember the Fallen. Race begins at 9 a.m. Visit www.nationalpoliceweek5k.com for more information and registration.
NLEOMF Cadet Ceremony
The event begins at 11:00 a.m. at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, 400 E. Street NW, Washington DC.
Annual Police K-9 Memorial Service
The annual Police K-9 Memorial Service. The memorial service will include a wreath laying ceremony to honor the memory of fallen police K-9s who have given their lives in the line of duty. Please join us as we remember the contributions and sacrifices of our fallen K-9s Heroes. The ceremony will begin at 1 pm and will be held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, 450 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Law Enforcement United (LEU) Bike Ride
At 1:00 p.m., the LEU riders will arrive at Ft. Hunt Park, 8999 Fort Hunt Rd. Alexandria VA
Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony
Arrival Ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. To learn more about the Police Unity Tour, visit www.policeunitytour.com, call 973-443-0030, or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DC United First Responder Night at Audi Field
Join DC United as they take on Sporting KC in a game that honors first responders and benefits public safety. Special discounted ticket with portion going to The National Police Foundation in honor of Police Week. Purchase tickets through this link to support law enforcement: https://t.co/wqOaThr1sa. 7:00pm at Audi Field in Washington, DC.
Monday, May 13, 2019
31st Annual Candlelight Vigil
The Candlelight Vigil will be held at 8:00 p.m. on the National Mall between 7th and 12th Streets. The event is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome. For additional information please call 202-737-3400.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens
Sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel. Family and co-worker survivors have opportunities to receive support to understanding grief, prepare for trial, learn new coping skills, and build connections with others. School-aged children of fallen officers spend the day off-site at local and federal law enforcement academies taking part in activities specially tailored for their ages. Visitwww.nationalcops.org or call 573-346-4911 for more information.
Annual Steve Young National Honor Guard Competition and Pipe Band Competition
This event is hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police and takes place at the Grant Statue (west front of the United States Capitol.) During the day you will see honor guard teams and pipe bands all performing for the public as they pay their heart felt tributes to law enforcement and the nation’s surviving families. Time: 8:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Ken Roske
Fraternal Order of Police, National Memorial Committee
711 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service
Sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. The Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The Service begins at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to run approximately 2 hours. Contact: Lou Cannon (email@example.com) or Linda Hennie (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held immediately following the Memorial Service. Media inquiries: email@example.com.
Drinking water trailers, donated by Anheuser Busch, will be available. We highly recommend that you bring plastic refillable water bottles to the service. Although cups will be provided, it will help the reduction of litter if people use refillable plastic bottles.
Honor Guards: If your agency's team wishes to sign up for the Cordon and Colors Honor Guard, you need to submit the following specific information to firstname.lastname@example.org: name, date of birth, SSN and agency of each member of the team. All information must be submitted no later than April 15, 2019, 1700 hours. Check in for Honor Guards will be at the Garfield Circle Entrance. Plan to be in position from 0830 hrs to around 1500 hrs when the service concludes. All Honor Guard Rifles must be rendered inert; i.e, bolt welded shut or barrel blocked so as to render it incapable of being fired on a permanent basis..
Please note: Service begins promptly at 11 a.m.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens
Day two of conference will allow surviving family and co-workers more opportunities to learn about coping, grief, and build connections. Kids and Teens of fallen officers spend the day with activities. In the evening, family and co-worker survivors can relax and enjoy the "Picnic on the Patio" at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel. Visit www.nationalcops.org or call 573-346-4911 for more information.
FOP DC Lodge #1 Tent City Events
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Police Week Tent City and groundbreaking of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. As we come together to attend National Police Week 2019, we are proud to celebrate 30 years of commitment to our Blue family.
Tent City will once again take place May 13th, 14th, and 15th at RFK Stadium - Lot 8. The venue is located at 2400 East Capitol Street S.E., Washington, DC 20003. Tent City is open from 11:00 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily. RFK provides plenty of paid parking and access to the Stadium-Armory Metro station (Silver, Orange and Blue Lines), which is only a 9 minute walk from the site.
Join us at Tent City to enjoy music, food, and drinks at the bar with your friends. Our volunteers are here to serve you, ensure that you have a great time while visiting DC, and most importantly, provide a safe, fun environment to reflect and catch up with old friends. We are excited to welcome over 80 vendors. The complete list of vendors is found at www.policeweektentcity.com. Kids Zone will provide family friendly fun and games from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m daily.
There will be a shuttle for Tent City. The stops are as follows:
• DC Lodge 1
• Madison Drive NW & 3rd street NW (This stop only May 13 for the vigil, 1830-2230)
• Navy Yard Metro Station
• Tent City
• Kelly's Irish Times
Buses will be available from 1100 hours until 0100 hours. The 1100 hour buses will start from DC Lodge 1.
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