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Each year during Police Week, we gather to pay tribute to our fallen law enforcement officers. May 15 is National Peace Officers Memorial Day, a day I personally hold near to my heart because it reflects the perseverance and very real sacrifice of law enforcement officers across America.
We typically mark this day of remembrance by gathering for a wreath-laying ceremony in the National Capital Region. As you know, this year has so far been anything but typical. While we cannot be together, that does not impact our ability or desire to pay our respects to FPS’ fallen.
I encourage you to watch the following video message of myself and Principal Deputy Director Cline honoring the memories, devotion to duty, and ultimate sacrifice of the six FPS officers who died in the line of duty.
Our law enforcement officers continue to be on the front lines, protecting lives and securing federal facilities, regardless of what threats they may face, natural or manmade, physical or cyber.
I am humbled and proud of what our officers achieve day in, day out. I thank all of you for your service.
L. Eric Patterson, Director
Federal Protective Service