End of Watch

Updated: Mar 6

For our brothers, killed in the line of duty.

“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 https://www.odmp.org/search/browse .

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

https://nleomf.org


Officer Down Memorial Page

https://www.odmp.org



Alabama Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

https://www.odmp.org/search/browse/alabama


Alaska Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

https://www.odmp.org/search/browse/alaska


Arizona Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

https://www.odmp.org/search/browse/arizona


Arkansas State Police Trooper Memorial

https://asp.arkansas.gov/trooper-memorial


California Peace Officers Memorial

https://camemorial.org


Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/csp/about-clem


Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial

http://www.ctneverforget.org


Delaware Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

https://newcastlecity.delaware.gov/police/delaware-law-enforcement-officers-memorial-2/


Florida Sheriff's Law Enforcement Memorial

http://www.flsheriffs.org/about/memorial


Georgia Public Safety Memorial

http://georgiapublicsafetymemorial.org


Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial

http://www.hlemf.org/end-of-watch-roll-call


Idaho Peace Officers' Memorial

http://www.idahopeaceofficersmemorial.com


Illinois Police Officers Memorial

http://illinoispolicememorial.org/monument.html


Indiana State Police Memorial

https://www.in.gov/isp/2336.htm


Iowa Peace Officer Memorial

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/commis/pib/ipom/


Kansas Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

https://www.odmp.org/search/browse/KS


Kentucky State Police Professional Association Memorial

http://www.ksppa.com/trooper_memorial.html


Louisiana State Police Memorial

http://www.lsp.org/memorial.html


Maine Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

https://www.odmp.org/search/browse/maine


Maryland Police & Correctional Fallen Officers Memorial

http://www.mdfallenofficers.org


Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial

https://mlemf.org


Michigan State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial

https://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1579_63777---,00.html


Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial

http://mnlema.org


Mississippi Fallen Officers Memorial

http://www.ago.state.ms.us/fallen-officers-annual-memorial-service/


Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial

https://www.missourimemorial.com


Montana Law Enforcement Memorial

http://www.mlem.org/fallen-officer-memorials/


Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial

https://www.nememorial.org


Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Police/A/Home/PeaceOfficerMemorial


New Hampshire Police Memorial

http://www.nhpolice.net/?zone=/unionactive/view_page.cfm&page=NH20FALLEN20OFFICERS


New Jersey State Police Museum & Learning Center Memorial Hallway

https://www.njsp.org/memoriam/index.shtml


New Mexico Law Enforcement Memorial

http://www.nmlememorial.org


New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Police Officers Memorial

https://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ops/pomc/index.htm


North Carolina Peace Officers Memorial

https://www.ncdoj.gov/Peace-Officers-Memorial.aspx


North Dakota Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

https://www.odmp.org/search/browse/north-dakota


Ohio Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

https://www.odmp.org/search/browse/ohio


Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial

http://www.oklemem.com


Oregon State Police Memorial

https://www.ospmemorial.org/heroes.html


Pennsylvania State Troopers Association

https://www.psta.org/index.php?url=memoriam.php


Rhode Island State Police Memorial

http://risp.ri.gov/about/lodd/index.php


South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame Memorial Room

https://scdps.sc.gov/in-memory


South Dakota Law Enforcement Memorial

https://www.odmp.org/search/browse/south-dakota


Tennessee Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths

https://www.odmp.org/search/browse/tennessee


Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation

https://www.pomf.org


Utah Law Enforcement Memorial

https://www.utahsfallen.org


Vermont State Police Memorial

https://vsp.vermont.gov/memorial


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

http://www.vsp.virginia.gov/memorial_gallery.shtm


Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial

https://behindthebadgefoundation.org/events/


West Virginia Law Enforcement Memorial

http://www.wvculture.org/history/monuments/wvpolicemem.html


Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial

http://www.wlem.com


Wyoming Line of Duty Deaths

https://www.odmp.org/search/browse/wyoming


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

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