Every day, public safety officers risk their lives to protect America's citizens and communities. To honor that commitment, Congress passed the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001, which created the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. The Medal is awarded annually by the President to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. See the Medal of Valor site to learn more about this award and how to submit an application.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor the Federal, State, and municipal officers who die or are disabled in the line of duty. He also designated the week in which Peace Officers Memorial Day falls as National Police Week.
In recognition of the crucial services provided by law enforcement personnel and to celebrate their brave efforts, NCJRS presents this compilation of publications and resources for law enforcement officers, agencies, and loved ones. Please select a topic from the following list or from the section at the right under the heading "Law Enforcement Resources" to learn more: