Thank a Police Officer Day - September
Sun, Sep 17, 2023

Thank a Police Officer Day

Thank a Police Officer Day is dedicated to police officers. Celebrated every third Saturday in September, in 2022 it falls on September 17th. On this day, people can thank the servants of the law for their dangerous work.


The holiday was created by the Whole Truth project – an organization that supports the police and monitors the implementation of their rights. Its founder, Andrew Hale, worked for a long time in Chicago as a lawyer and often defended the interests of police officers in court. With this holiday, he expresses his gratitude to them, as well as the whole society, which lives in safety thanks to the work of the police.

The police are a fairly new phenomenon in cities. During colonial America, part of the military, paid by private individuals, carried out patrol tasks in cities. This innovation appeared in Boston in 1636, and later in other cities. However, their effectiveness was low. The problem became especially acute when cities began to grow.

The first police force was created in London in 1829 by Sir Robert Peel. At the end of the 19th century, almost all large cities had a police force. At the time, it was heavily influenced by politics and was often used in a negative way. In the 1910s, there was a transition to the police system that still exists today. The rights and obligations of employees were formulated, and special training organizations were created.

How to take part

While celebrating Thank a Police Officer Day, you can do the following:

  • congratulate friends and acquaintances who work in the police;
  • say a few nice words to the policemen you meet on the street that day;
  • get together with friends and organize social events that will support police officers;
  • watch your favorite movies and series about policemen;
  • learn more interesting information about the creation of the police and share it on social networks.

When is Thank a Police Officer Day celebrated in 2023?

Thank a Police Officer Day is observed on the third Saturday of September each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday September 16 2023
Saturday September 21 2024
Saturday September 20 2025
Saturday September 19 2026

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