Posted on May. 11, 2021 by Emily Hatch

In 2020, a staggering 306 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty across the United States. Sadly, this number represents an almost 96% increase compared to the previous year.

As done every year, these names will be engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. These additions bring the total to 22,611 officers who have been killed in the line of duty, and who are forever memorialized there.

To further remember these fallen heroes, individuals, departments and communities alike are invited to participate in National Police Week. This year, from May 9th to May 15th, the NLEOMF—National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund—is hosting a variety of virtual programs and ceremonies. This allows current officers to remain safe while ensuring everyone has a chance to participate.

For those who want to honor these brave officers, in-person events are planned for October 13-17th, which is National Police Weekend, in Washington D.C.


VirTra Honors Our Heroes

VirTra honors all the local, state and federal peace officers who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe from harm. To all active and retired first responders, we say: thank you.


VirTra’s mission is to help police officers and citizens return home safely every day. This is why VirTra creates intense, immersive judgmental use of force and de-escalation training solutions that keep both law enforcement and their communities safe and prepared. We are meticulous in assuring every aspect of each scenario, curriculum, recoil kit and electronic device is the highest quality for maximum realism and training. After all, realistic, science-based simulations and better learning methodology should be accessible to all law enforcement.

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