A patriotic holiday is celebrated on May 15. Tribute is paid to the memory, and in honor of the dead and wounded officers who served to establish peace and justice. It is Peace Officers Memorial Day, when we need to remember the past. It is necessary to avoid mistakes in the future.
The first American police units operated as private organizations, paid for by rich people who needed to protect their own capital. Representatives of Law and Order began to act in certain states. Groups were formed from volunteers who expressed a desire to protect city streets from crime. In 1838, the police became an official state structure; employees began to receive salaries from the state budget. Leadership was appointed by political officials. In 1929, an audit was carried out in the police’s ranks to find performance indicators of service. Rule of law and impartiality became the main priorities, and remain so to this day.
Initially, American police rarely wore badges and refused to wear identification marks. Society treated them with distrust. Effective work was carried out undercover.
- The District of Columbia houses the National Law Enforcement Officers Memoria. The names of thousands of police officers who died in the line of duty are engraved on commemorative plaques.
- The Interactive Law Enforcement Museum is located in the American capital. Visitors are given the opportunity to experience the difficulties of working in the police, learn how to collect evidence, and the rules for responding to emergency calls.
- 18 thousand police units are operating in the USA, with a staff of almost a million employees.
When is Peace Officers Memorial Day celebrated in 2024?
Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed on May 15 each year.