New Jersey Human Services is honoring National Police Week this week, and Peace Officers Memorial Day by recognizing the New Jersey State Human Services Police for their efforts to protect some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents.

In 1962, President 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. (

What is extremely important is that the COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped people from honoring and remembering the 307 fallen heroes who have been memorialized on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 8:00 p.m., many people from across the nation marched forward in solidarity with a virtual Candlelight Vigil, and a reading of the names of those who sacrificed their lives to protect others.

Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson highlighted the essential work of the Human Services Police and noted the unique skills required for this critical role.

“New Jersey’s Human Services Police often handle situations and duties that are the true essence of community policing by engaging with individuals and families at times of great vulnerability and providing steady and supportive leadership,” Commissioner Johnson said. “Their work requires specialized skills and talents and training. I thank them and Director Timothy Gallagher for their constant dedication and commitment.

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