The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc. (ODMP) is a non-profit
organization that maintains a website listing American law enforcement
officers, prison officers and police dogs who have died in the line of
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The ODMP was established in 1996 by Chris Cosgriff, then a freshman at
James Madison University. Originally, it focused only on officers
who were recently killed at the time, but it gradually expanded to
include officers killed in the line of duty dating as far back as
The ODMP claims to be accessed by over 250,000 unique visitors per
month. Its research staff are volunteers managed by a lieutenant
from the New York City Police Department. The organization has
uncovered hundreds of "forgotten" line-of-duty deaths and has assisted
in ensuring those officers are properly recognized on appropriate
Australia added their own pages in 1997, followed by
Central Europe and
New Zealand in 1998.
In 2000, the ODMP was granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The
operation of the site is paid for through private contributions, as
well as from the proceeds from a gift shop selling T-shirts, bumper
stickers, and other items. The site is no longer advertising-free as
it had been in the past.
In 2007, the ODMP partnered with SharedBook Inc. to create The Officer
Down Memorial Book, for sale from the gift shop.
In 2010, the ODMP became funded in part through two $150,000 grants
awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice
Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice. One of those grants was to
provide resources on benefits available to survivors of fallen law
enforcement officers but this feature is no longer offered to its
By 2017, the ODMP only maintains its main website for American line of
duty deaths and no longer offers separate sites for Canada, Australia,
Central Europe or
New Zealand law enforcement deaths.
The ODMP maintains a detailed list of criteria.
The site lists law enforcement and prison officers from all levels of
government who have died in the line of duty due to criminal violence,
accident, injury, illness or natural causes as well as those who are
killed off duty if they are targeted for their law enforcement
affiliations or if they are acting at the time in an official capacity
to protect the safety or property of others. Military investigators
or special agents are included if working for official investigation
services, as are other military personnel, including military police
and peacekeepers if they are engaged in law enforcement at the time of
The ODMP does not list deaths that result from such factors as officer
misconduct, the influence of voluntarily-imbibed alcohol or controlled
substances, suicide, or officer negligence. It also excludes deaths
caused by off-duty car accidents or private service to a security
company or private military company.
Each officer listed has a profile, typically displaying a picture or
photograph, if available, the agency or department the officer worked
for, their rank, years served with the agency or department, age,
badge number and date of death, as well as a brief description of the
events that led up to and caused the officer's death. Most profiles
include the official shoulder patch of the agency that the officer
worked for and the website continues to seek pictures of patches that
are not in its database.
If the death was the result of an encounter with a criminal suspect,
the ODMP does not usually give the suspect's name. However, it will
state, if known, whether the suspect was apprehended, what sentence
they have received if convicted, as well as if the suspect was
acquitted or paroled. The profile ends with a list of all the agencies
the officer ever served with, as well as any military experience and
the immediate surviving relatives, though it does not give their
Each officer's profile has a "Reflections" section where visitors can
post comments. These comments are moderated and negative, derogatory
or abusive postings are removed.
There is a search function that allows searching by last name, agency,
state, range of years or cause of death.
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^ "Odmp.org Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
^ a b c d e "About ODMP." Officer Down Memorial Page.
^ "SharedBook and ODMP Introduce The Officer Down Memorial Book".
prweb.com. 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
^ a b c d "Criteria for Inclusion." Officer Down Memorial Page.
^ "Agencies with missing patches". odmp.org.
^ "Search for a Fallen Officer." Officer Down Memorial Page.