Got an idea for a holiday? Send it to us

Submit Now

National Police Memorial Day – October 1, 2023

National Police Memorial Day falls on the nearest Sunday to September 29. This year, it is observed on October 1. It is a day to appreciate the selfless efforts and sacrifice of police officers who died while on duty. Officer Joe Holness discovered the day after his friend, a Kent officer, died in the line of duty in December 2000. Historical estimates show us that around 4,000 officers have been killed on duty since the start of the police service. We are saluting their devotion to their duty, selflessness, and valor on this day.

History of National Police Memorial Day

Human civilization evolved as hunter-gatherers. In the past, the violent characteristics of a hunter were necessary for the survival of our species. However, as society progressed, it became an unwelcome trait that some of us just couldn’t shake. It was something we needed to get rid of from our gene pool. Such characteristics became a nuisance in a civilized society where violence and other activities such as stealing, burglary, disrupting others’ activities, and so on could no longer be tolerated. Police forces arose as a result of this need in every human civilization. It is believed that the first police force existed in Egyptian civilization. Police forces evolved over time and in response to the evolution of the adversities they had to face.

Although modern police forces are well-organized, they must contend with organized crime syndicates. In the 1800s, Sir Robert Peel started the modern police force in Britain. The Metropolitan Police Act of 1829, enacted by Peel, established the first professional, centrally organized, and full-time police force in London. The modern police force is made up of enthusiastic individuals who are dedicated to maintaining law and order. They are courageous individuals who are willing to give up their time and lives for the greater good of society.

December 2000 was a dark day for the U.K. police force. Jon Odell, a Kent Police officer from Margate, was killed on the job when a speeding driver failed to stop and crashed into him. He was on traffic duty and was directing his radar gun towards a speeding car when the disaster struck. He was dragged along the road to his death. To honor his death, Joe Holness established the National Police Memorial Day. It is a day set aside to remember every police officer who has died in the line of duty since the establishment of police forces. The day honors officers’ bravery, valor, and sacrifice, as well as their efforts to improve society.

National Police Memorial Day timeline

1682
Edinburgh Town Guard

The Edinburgh Town Guard is the only police force in the U.K.

1749
London's Bow Street Runners

The start of London's Bow Street Runners, who became the foundation for all modern forces.

1829
The Metropolitan Police Act 1829

Robert Peel, the Home Secretary, passes the Metropolitan Police Act of 1829.

1950
Police Radios

The police force starts using police radios.

National Police Memorial Day FAQs

What do Brits call police officers?

Police officers in London are sometimes called “peelers.”

What is the age limit for the police U.K.?

A candidate must be a minimum of 18 years old to be a part of the police force.

What age can you retire from the police?

A police officer can retire at the age of 60.

How to Observe National Police Memorial Day

  1. Wish a police officer

    Police officers are frequently feared for no apparent reason. Wish a police officer a good day and help to break the stereotypes.

  2. Send a gift card

    Send a gift card to a police officer selected at random. You can witness the smile of the officer when he or she gets the card.

  3. Share facts about the police force

    People are often unaware of the wonderful services provided by police officers. Share about the hardships of police work.

5 Facts About The Police That You Should Know

  1. London officers and firearms

    Around 90% of all police officers in London don’t carry firearms while on duty.

  2. U.S. female police

    Women constitute around 11.9% of the U.S. police force.

  3. The Royal Barbados Police

    The Royal Barbados Police officers are full-time members of Interpol.

  4. The first centrally organized police force

    King Louis XIV of France established the first official, uniformed, and centrally organized police force.

  5. Punishment for Thai officers

    Police officers in Thailand have to wear a Hello Kitty armband as punishment.

Why National Police Memorial Day is Important

  1. A police force is a necessity in a civilized society

    Every civilized society needs a police force. It is a day to commemorate their service and praise them for all they do to keep us safe.

  2. It is a day to acknowledge their work

    The duty of a police officer can be hard and challenging. We love to spend the day appreciating their efforts and dedication.

  3. It creates a better image for the force

    The police profession is something that deserves respect and appreciation. The activities on this day can help boost the morale of the force and improve their public image.

National Police Memorial Day dates

YearDateDay
2022October 2Sunday
2023October 1Sunday
2024September 29Sunday
2025September 28Sunday
2026September 27Sunday
Elderly Filipino Week
Mental Illness Awareness Week
National Walk Your Dog Week
Balloons Around the World Day
CD Player Day
Change A Light Day
Chinese National Day
Cyprus Independence Day
Filipino American History Month
International Coffee Day
​International Day of Older Persons
International Music Day
International Raccoon Appreciation Day
Model T Day
National Black Dog Day
National Day of China
National Fire Pup Day
National Hair Day
National Homemade Cookies Day
National Lace Day
National Police Memorial Day
Nigeria Independence Day
ROK Alliance Day
Teacher's Day in Uzbekistan
Tuvalu Independence Day
World Communion Sunday
World Sake Day
World Vegetarian Day
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
AIDS Awareness Month
American Pharmacists Month
Bat Appreciation Month
Black Speculative Fiction Month
Blindness Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month
Celebrate The Bilingual Child Month
Church Library Month
Contact Lens Safety Month
Country Music Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month
Eat Better, Eat Together Month
Emotional Wellness Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Fair Trade Month
Family History Month
Financial Planning Month
German-American Heritage Month
​Global Diversity Awareness Month
Go Sober For October — October
Halloween Safety Month
Head Start Awareness Month
Health Literacy Month
Healthy Lung Month
Hog Out Month
International School Libraries Month
International Walk To School Month
Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month
​Italian-American Heritage Month
LGBTQ+ History Month
Long Term Care Planning Month
Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month
Museums and Galleries Month
National ADHD Awareness Month
National Animal Safety and Protection Month
National Apple Month
National Arts & Humanities Month
National Audiology Awareness Month
National Book Month
​National Bullying Prevention Month
National Caramel Month
National Chili Month
National Chiropractic Month
National Church Safety and Security Month
National Cookbook Month
National Cookie Month
National Crime Prevention Month
National Critical Illness Awareness Month
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month - October
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Depression Education and Awareness Month
National Dessert Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
​National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Ergonomics Month
National Indigenous Peoples Month
National Learning and Development Month
National LGBT History Month
National Liver Awareness Month
National Medical Librarians Month
National Non-GMO Month
National Orthodontic Health Month
National Pasta Month
National Pescatarian Month
National Pet Wellness Month
National Physical Therapy Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
National Pitbull Awareness Month
National Pizza Month
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
National Pretzel Month
National Protect Your Hearing Month
National Sausage Month
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
National Work and Family Month
Polish American Heritage Month
Prenatal-onset GBS Disease Recognition Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
SQUIRREL AWARENESS MONTH
The Big Draw
Unblocktober
Vegetarian Month
World Animal Month
World Autism Month
World Habitat Awareness Month
World Menopause Month

Want to sponsor this holiday?

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.