In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, National Police Week. National Police Week pays special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Listed below are events planned at the national level in Washington D.C. and Michigan's Peace Officers' Candlelight Memorial Service. Many events will take place before the official dates of Police Week in 2019.


Monday, May 6: 26th Annual Michigan Peace Officers’ Candlelight Memorial Service — 7 p.m. east steps of Lansing State Capitol, 100 North Capitol Avenue. Andrea Arrington, Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors President at (877) 464-2677 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Saturday, May 4: 28th Annual Corrections Officers’ Wreath Laying Ceremony & Honor Guard Competition — 10 a.m. - Noon at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Honoring Corrections Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Visit or email Dennis Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, May 6: 40th Annual Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service — 11:30 a.m. at DC MPD Headquarters, 300 Indiana Ave., NW. The FOP Auxiliary will host a luncheon at DC FOP Lodge #1, 711 4th St. NW after service. Those interested in volunteering or attending, email Patty Sucato at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, May 7: 25th Annual Blue Mass — 12:10 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 619 Tenth Street, NW (10th & G Streets). Call (202) 347-2713 or visit

Friday, May 10-16: National Police Week Retail Center — opens 9 a.m. (daily hours vary) 309 E Street (Corner of 4th of E Streets, NW) Fellowship Hall of First Trinity Church, one block from the Memorial.

Saturday, May 11: 13th Annual National Police Week 5k — 9-11 a.m. 601 4th Street, NW, adjacent to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. to register or join the Virtual NPW5K team.

  • NLEOMF Cadet Ceremony — 11 a.m. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
  • 2nd Annual Police K-9 Memorial Service — 1 p.m. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Service will include a wreath laying ceremony to honor police K-9s killed in the line of duty. Visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Excerpted from news media

Trenton Police Officers used a new device to rescue a man who fell through the ice on a canal at Elizabeth Park Feb. 3. The man’s dog ran out on the ice and the owner chased him.

While the dog made it off the ice, the man fell through and police found him clinging to a piece of ice. Trenton Police used a newly acquired water rescue throw bag to rescue the man.

The department purchased these devices following a December 2018 police water rescue. An officer in that incident boarded a nearby kayak when a car drove into the Detroit River and the driver was completely submerged. The Trenton Officer was able to break the car window with the kayak paddle, free the female driver and pull her to safety, said Trenton Police Lt. Mike Hawkins, MAP Executive Board President.

Trenton Police now keep the throw bags inside their vehicles.

“Within the first week or two of getting these in we’ve already saved a life and it’s come in handy and saved our officers and helped out the community,” Hawkins said in a Fox 2 News interview.

For more on the water rescues, please see the following links to the rescue articles:

Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are invited to attend a series of free monthly Grievance Seminars on Fridays at the MAP Office.

The Seminars, conducted by MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information about key grievance issues. Seminars scheduled Jan. 25 and March 29, 2019 will focus on Contract Interpretation. Discipline will be the topic at seminars scheduled on Feb. 22 and April 26, 2019. All Seminars begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

Please register as soon as possible as space is limited to 12 people by calling Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7158, ext. 231 or emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

While some people are concerned about what they post, text and otherwise share online, just as many view this as their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. No matter your view on the subject, legal advisors for MAP are urging members to think twice before posting or texting anything sexual, racial or even political.

“You have a First Amendment right to say whatever you want to, but you don’t have a constitutional right to your job,” said MAP Legal Counsel Catherine Farrell.

Public Employees should understand specific restrictions detailed in their contracts. “Look to the CBA to make sure you don’t violate it,” said Farmington Hills Attorney Arthur J. Weiss, who joined Farrell in a Social Media discussion with Union members during the MAP Annual Open House in December.

MAP members are encouraged to visit the Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) website to register for Members Only alerts and access to resources available only to mapomembers. MAP members are also encouraged to download the MAPO App for Iphones and Androids. The App will provide members with easy to use mobile access to the MAPO website and Members Only resources to keep registered users up to date on issues affecting them.

Click on the links below to for more information:

Register for MAPO Members Only resources and notifications.

MAPO App for iPhones.

MAPO App for Androids.