Washington (Sen. Hoven’s Office)  – On Peace Officers Memorial Day Tuesday, Senator John Hoeven commemorated Rolette County Sheriff’s Deputy Colt Allery who was killed in the line of duty in January 2017. The senator cosponsored a Senate resolution honoring Allery and the 128 other law enforcement officers killed on duty in 2017 and designating this week, May 13-19, as National Police Week..

Hoeven says, “In his life and service, Deputy Allery exemplified courage and a willingness to do whatever had to be done regardless of circumstance.  His dedication to his community and the rule of law is characteristic of so many of our policemen and women, without whose efforts our communities would not be the same. We honor Deputy Allery’s legacy as his name is added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.”

Allery’s name was engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, joining the names of more than 21,500 other fallen law enforcement officers including Fargo Police Officer Jason Moszer who was killed on duty in 2016 and whose name was added to the memorial last year.

Allery’s name was formally dedicated on Sunday during a candlelight vigil on the National Mall. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was dedicated in October 1991 and serves as the national monument honoring law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Since 1962, Peace Officers Memorial Day has been observed every May 15th. The week in which that day falls has been designated as National Police Week.

Sixty-four North Dakota peace officers have died in the line of duty since 1882, when the first line of duty death was recorded in what was then Dakota Territory.


After dusk on Tuesday and Wednesday evening, May 15-16, windows on two floors at State Capitol building, in Bismarck, will be lit to display a “Thin Blue Line” in a show of support and respect for all law enforcement.