During the Fall of 2014, New York City Police Officer Austin Glickman (then NYPD Police Recruit) created the original concept of Law Enforcement Officers Weekend. Austin’s academy class was heavily influenced by national news incidents which had occurred throughout the country, sparking violent protests and “social justice” movements fueled by false narratives. Just a few days prior to his academy graduation, NYPD Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were assassinated in Brooklyn, a direct outcome of these violent protests and movements. Austin’s first time officially wearing his Class A uniform was not for his academy graduation, but for the funerals of his fallen brothers. These heart-wrenching experiences sparked Officer Glickman’s desire to design a weekend getaway dedicated to law enforcement officers and their families.
In 2016, Austin approached the Mayor of Lake George, Robert Blais, with the idea of creating an event specific for law enforcement officers and their families which would allow them to participate in an array of events and activities throughout the Lake George Region. After developing a planning and logistics committee comprised of local law enforcement agencies, businesses, government officials and the Chamber of Commerce, Law Enforcement Weekend (LEO Weekend) was born. The organization quickly filed for their 501(c)(3) nonprofit status (officially granted in December of 2017) and created their official mission statement: To Support Law Enforcement Families Affected by a Line of Duty Death or Serious Injury; By Providing A Weekend Getaway With Their Blood & Blue Families of Active & Retired Law Enforcement Officers from across the United States. Aside from providing a family-friendly event, the organization vowed to pay the expenses for selected families who suffered a serious line of duty injury or death to attend our yearly Lake George weekend.
On May 15th, 2017, Lake George welcomed the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers Weekend. Since then, Lake George has graciously hosted the 2nd Annual and soon to be 3rd Annual events during Father’s Day Weekend. In total, over 800 individuals have attended our two events, as well as 4 host families whom suffered a line of duty death. We will continue to fulfill our mission statement going into our 3rd Annual Weekend as we plan to host a minimum of 3 new families and hundreds of law enforcement officers, their families, friends and supporters. We look forward to seeing all of your returning faces on June 14th, 2019 and making new memories with new friends!