Honor those who have lost their lives protecting communities during National Police Week, May 10-16, 2020
Ninety-five percent of law enforcement professionals are committed to public service, even though their jobs are stressful, according to a survey released in November 2019 by the National Institute on Retirement Security. What keeps them on the job? Defined-benefit retirement plans that help provide for their loved ones.
Additional key results of the NIRS survey:
- Law enforcement professionals agree that their pension is a significant reason they chose their job and stayed on the job.
- Law enforcement professionals overwhelmingly agree that eliminating pensions would weaken public safety.
- Law enforcement professionals agree that pensions are useful for recruiting and retaining public employees.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Usually, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C., to participate in planned events that honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. However, the 36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service in Washington, D.C., cannot be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can still honor those who have lost their lives as law enforcement officers. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will host its 32nd Candelight Vigil virtually at 7 p.m. Central Time on May 13. Visit https://nleomf.org/ to register to watch.
To learn more about National Police Week, visit www.policeweek.org.