NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It's National Police Week, a time when law enforcement across the country take time to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
All officers with New Orleans Police Department will wear a mourning band across their badges beginning Monday, May 11. The Fraternal Order of Police Crescent City Lodge #2 is giving the bands to all officers for free.
National Police Week began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls is Police Week.
Every year, between 25,000 to 40,000 officers from around the country travel to Washington, D.C. for to attend several planned events.
Two of the most recent officers to die in the line of duty were from Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were killed Saturday night after a traffic stop. Investigators are looking into what led to the gunfire. Four people have been arrested in connection with the fatal police shootings.