NIH Police Day Returns
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Police Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. NIH marked the commemoration on May 10 by holding NIH Police Day on the Bethesda campus. They hosted local, state and other federal agency police departments, including Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Maryland State Police, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and others at an event on the south lawn of the Clinical Center.
There were police dogs, a mounted police officer on a horse named Kona, and lots of good cheer and relief. This year’s event was the first NIH Police Day since the pandemic and, fittingly, was held on the eve of the official end of the three-year national Covid-19 emergency.