Bulletin Honors

Utah Law Enforcement Memorial

The creation of the new Utah Law Enforcement Memorial (ULEM) began in 2004, following the decision to completely restore the state capitol building. This necessitated the removal of the former ULEM, which bore 66 names of fallen officers, from the rotunda, which was being returned to its original condition.

The original Utah Law Enforcement Memorial inside the rotunda.

Original memorial inside the rotunda

The Capitol Preservation Board, charged with overseeing the restoration, allocated land just outside the west doors of the capitol building as the site for a new, permanent memorial. Construction of the new ULEM started in 2006. Various sources donated labor and material. A local company conducted construction, granite was mined from Utah canyons, and bronze for the name plaques and statues was fabricated from minerals mined in the state.

On September 6, 2008, the new memorial was dedicated. Today, the names of 147 law enforcement officers cover the ULEM’s wall. Their respective bronze plaques serve as a permanent reminder of their ultimate sacrifice in protecting Utah’s citizens. Just above the plaques is the famous quote from Roman senator Tacitus: “In valor there is hope.”

An image of the current Utah Law Enforcement Memorial.

Current memorial

Each May, the ULEM hosts a memorial service to remember and recognize the invaluable sacrifice of Utah’s fallen peace officers and to add the name(s) of any newly fallen officers from the previous year.

An image of a young girl pinning a photo of an officer on a flag police at the annual Utah Law Enforcement Memorial service.

Annual memorial service

Every August, the ULEM hosts the annual Ride for Fallen Officers, the largest motorcycle ride in Utah. Proceeds support the memorial’s mission. The ride procession is safely led by police motor officers from throughout the state, referred to as “Guardians of the Ride.”

An image of motorcyclists driving in line at the annual Ride for Fallen Officers.

Annual Ride for Fallen Officers

Funding is currently underway for construction of an adjacent memorial to honor Utah’s K9s killed in the line of duty. These dogs, partners to their handlers, are an integral part of law enforcement, and their loss is deeply felt by the police community.

An image of fallen K9 Maya.

K9 Maya, West Jordan, Utah, Police Department – EOW 02/17/2022

For more information about the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial, visit https://utahsfallen.org.

The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin seeks submissions from agencies that wish to have their memorials featured in the magazine’s Bulletin Honors department. Needed materials include a short description, a photograph, and an endorsement from the agency’s ranking officer. Submissions can be emailed to leb@fbi.gov.