For our brothers, killed in the line of duty.
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
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
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