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End of Watch

Updated: Mar 6, 2020

For our brothers, killed in the line of duty.

Police officers folding a US flag over the coffin of a fallen comrade
“Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” George Orwell

The oft called "Policeman’s Prayer” was authored by retired Thibodaux, La., Police Chief Scott Silverii, PhD. No comment on it's contents is necessary

The Final Inspection

The policeman stood and faced his God. Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My church have you been true?”

The policeman squared his shoulders and said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t. Because those of us who carry badges can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays, and at times my talk was rough; and sometimes I’ve been violent, because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny that wasn’t mine to keep…though I’ve worked a lot of overtime when the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear; and sometimes, God forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, it needn’t be so grand. I never expected or had too much, but if you don’t…I’ll understand.”

There was silence all around the throne where the saints had often trod. As the policeman waited quietly for the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, policeman, you’ve borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets, you’ve done your time in hell.”


As a memorial to our brothers in blue, we've compiled the following list of at least one law enforcement memorial and/or web page(s) representing each state.

The Officer Down Memorial Page is more in depth than our list and will guide you toward tribal police, railroad police and federal agency memorials as well; see .

There are more memorials out there, many representing city agencies as well as county law enforcement. Perhaps there are others. We hope they are all represented by the memorials we've listed below.


National Law Enforcment Officers Memorial

Officer Down Memorial Page


Alabama Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

Alaska Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

Arizona Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

Arkansas State Police Trooper Memorial

California Peace Officers Memorial

Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial

Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial

Delaware Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Florida Sheriff's Law Enforcement Memorial

Georgia Public Safety Memorial

Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial

Idaho Peace Officers' Memorial

Illinois Police Officers Memorial

Indiana State Police Memorial

Iowa Peace Officer Memorial

Kansas Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

Kentucky State Police Professional Association Memorial

Louisiana State Police Memorial

Maine Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

Maryland Police & Correctional Fallen Officers Memorial

Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial

Michigan State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial,4643,7-123-1579_63777---,00.html

Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial

Mississippi Fallen Officers Memorial

Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial

Montana Law Enforcement Memorial

Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial

Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

New Hampshire Police Memorial

New Jersey State Police Museum & Learning Center Memorial Hallway

New Mexico Law Enforcement Memorial

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Police Officers Memorial

North Carolina Peace Officers Memorial

North Dakota Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

Ohio Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial

Oregon State Police Memorial

Pennsylvania State Troopers Association

Rhode Island State Police Memorial

South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame Memorial Room

South Dakota Law Enforcement Memorial

Tennessee Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation

Utah Law Enforcement Memorial

Vermont State Police Memorial

Virginia State Police Colonel C. W. Woodson, Jr. Memorial Gallery

Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial

West Virginia Law Enforcement Memorial

Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial

Wyoming Line of Duty Deaths

“Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9


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