PORTLAND, Oregon - The 2017 Portland Police Bureau Memorial Service will be held today, Tuesday May 9, at 12:00 p.m. at the Portland Police Memorial, located in Waterfront Park, just South of the Hawthorne Bridge. The memorial service will feature speakers, a 21-gun salute, a water display from Portland Fire & Rescue, a riderless horse by the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol Unit, and other ceremonial activities.
Following the memorial service, there will be a reception in the park with light refreshments.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
The Portland Police Memorial was built through the efforts of the Portland Police Historical Society and was dedicated during National Police Week in May 1993 by President George H.W. Bush.
Since 1870, 29 Portland Police officers have been killed in the line-of-duty in service to the City of Portland.
To learn more about these officers and the Police Memorial, please visit http://www.portlandpolicemuseum.com/
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (http://www.NLEOMF.org), law enforcement fatalities nationwide rose to their highest level in five years in 2016, with 135 officers killed in the line of duty, according to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). The preliminary 2016 report is available at
The NLEOMF has also released a preliminary 2017 report, showing a 31% increase in law enforcement officer fatalities over 2016. That report is available at http://www.nleomf.org/ytest/facts-figures/officer-fatalities/