A Legacy of Honor

The National Park Service remembers, celebrates, and honors those officers who have died in the line of duty.
The National Park Service remembers, celebrates, and honors those officers who have died in the line of duty.

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Police Week and Beyond


We give thanks to the more than 3,500 permanent and seasonal law enforcement officers who serve with us today across all of the Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus. To the 139 DOI officers who have died in the line of duty since the Department's founding in 1849, we pay special tribute. Many were officers of the National Park Service (NPS). A black band is worn across our badges as a sign of respect and mourning for a line of duty death of an employee who was engaged in life-saving actions, killed feloniously, or engaged in direct fire suppression actions.

National Police Week is a time of particular recognition of all law enforcement officers nationwide who serve and protect our communities every day. It is also a time to solemnly honor the memory of those officers who gave their lives in the line of duty, and to express our deepest gratitude to their surviving families. This year, National Police Week was May 13-19.

We invite everyone to honor the men and women who protect our treasured landscapes, visitors, employees, and fellow citizens - during National Police Week and beyond. See a slideshow video here honoring NPS Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty.

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Since the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) founding in 1849, we have lost 139 law enforcement officers in the line of duty. While we were fortunate to have not experienced the loss of any of our officers this past year, we stood in solidarity with our Tribal counterparts of the Navajo Nation and the Yakama Nation, who memorialized Officer Houston Largo and Game Warden Nelson Onepennee this year on the Indian Country Law Enforcement Memorial in Artesia, New Mexico. Their names, lives, families, and ultimate sacrifice are not forgotten.

Our brave DOI officers were honored during our annual Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony on Monday, May 14, 2018. If you were not able to attend, you may watch a video of the event at
www.doi.gov/live

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Last updated: May 19, 2018