National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Running Out Of Room 71 Years Early

Holly Matkin

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is quickly running out of space to honor fallen officers.

Washington, DC – The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, will run out of space for new names 71 years earlier than expected.

The names of 12,561 officers who died in the line of duty prior to 1990 were inscribed on the walls of the memorial when it was dedicated in October of 1991, the Washington Business Journal reported.

At the time, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) projected that the memorial’s design would provide enough space for an average of 153 fallen law enforcement officers’ names to be added to the Walls of Remembrance each year through 2100.

But the 1990-era projections about the future risks the nation’s police officers would face were drastically underestimated, the Washington Business Journal reported.

The average number of officers killed in the line of duty has more than doubled since those initial estimates, and now stands at an average of 337 deaths per year.

Today, there are 21,183 names on the walls of the memorial.

At this rate, the memorial will run out of space by 2029 unless modifications are made, the Washington Business Journal reported.

The NCPC will consider a plan to replace the walls’ Adair marble wall cap with a taller cap created from the same material, which would ad 15 inches to the height of the walls.

The modification would allow for 9,000 more names to be inscribed before it is filled to capacity once again, likely sometime around 2057.

National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) called the situation “heartbreaking” in a statement on Thursday.

“This highlights the very real danger our officers face every day they put on a uniform,” the FOP said.

The NCPC will discuss the expansion proposal during its meeting on Feb. 6, according to the Washington Business Journal.

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Quasar704
Quasar704

I don’t see the reason for this blatant lie about the number of officers KOD on average doubling in recent years😂😂😂😭😭😭😭😭. A visit to the ODMP will contradict that fallacy. Nothing near 337 in the line of duty deaths occur in a year.

Keithjackson
Keithjackson

This is a really great news for those who had died in the line of their duty.The government now decided to acknowledge their sacrifice through establishing National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial.Many officers died in the line of duty and most of their names will be written on the wall of the memorial with showing respect and honor. Thanks for covering this information which helps me to learn some ways for writing essay.This essay maker site https://edubirdie.com/essay-maker teaches you to write unique essay about different types of topics and thus students able to learn how to write unique essay.I hope government should stand by their family.

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

It's very disturbing to me that there even has to be a wall to honor our fallen officers....BUT....to know it is running out of room for additional names is BEYOND disturbing.....LEOs have become the target of every criminally minded POS in the country....and even some of the people these officers vow to protect....they put their lives on the line EVERY SINGLE DAY from the day they pin on the badge...
Our police officers should be respected as much while they are living and doing their jobs as they are after they are killed in the line of duty....
GOD BLESS ALL OUR LEO's AND KEEP THEM SAFE!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

If the democrats had there way that wall would fill up a lot faster. So sad! ☹

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

Thanks Obama!


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