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Front Range honors Police Week

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Security Forces Squadron will hold a reveille 7:30 a.m. May 12 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, to kick off the Front Range installations' Police Week commemoration.

Security forces and military police personnel with Schriever, Peterson and Buckley Air Force Bases, U.S. Air Force Academy, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and Fort Carson as well as local law enforcement agencies and police departments will join forces for the annual observance May 12-17.

"Police Week is a national observance that recognizes members of the police force and honors their contribution," said Senior Master Sgt. Ron Samsel, 50 SFS operations superintendent.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week as National Police Week, which pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, on average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 57 hours.

"It is important that we celebrate with security forces from other installations to show camaraderie and demonstrate unity of all the bases as well as local law enforcement," said Tech. Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, 50 SFS trainer. "This is the first ever joint Police Week."

The following are Police Week activities:

- Opening ceremony is 7:30 a.m. May 12 at Schriever Air Force Base
- Motorcycle ride is May 13 at Cheyenne Mountain AFS and travels through other local military installations
- K-9 competition is May 14 at the Academy
- Shooting competition is May 15 at the Academy
- Police Memorial is 9 a.m. at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Pikes Peak Peace Officers Memorial Valor run is May 17
- Police Ball is May 17 in Colorado Springs
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