The Texas Peace Officers’ Monument
The Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial is a monument erected on the grounds of the Capitol Complex to recognize and honor the ultimate sacrifice made by Texas law enforcement and corrections officers who were killed in the line of duty.
In 1987, the leadership of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas sought to have the memorial built.
The Peace Officers Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded to help raise money for that purpose.
In June 1998, after convincing the legislature to authorize the Memorial and after 10 years of arduous fund raising, construction began.
Finally on May 10, 1999, law enforcement officers and the families of officers traveled to Austin for the Memorial dedication. The Memorial is located on the northeast grounds of the Texas Capitol, easily accessible from where Congress Avenue and 15th Street intersect.
Every year, CLEAT organizes and leads a solemn observance at the Monument to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their fellow Texans during the preceding 12 months. Click here for photos from past memorial services.
Here are the eligibility requirements for a Texas peace officer’s name to be added to the monument:
1- A person is eligible to have the person’s name on the memorial if the person was killed in the line of duty and was:
2- A law enforcement officer or peace officer for this state or a political subdivision of this state under Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, or other law;
3- A federal law enforcement officer or special agent performing duties in this state, including those officers under Article 2.122, Code of Criminal Procedure; or
4- A corrections or detention officer or county or municipal jailer employed or appointed by a municipal, county, or state penal institution in this state.