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A Montgomery County police officer goes through the K-9 competition May 16, here, as part of Police Week activities. The 42nd Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dogs hosted Montgomery County Police Department, Alabama Schutzhund Club and Montgomery PD in timed detection, tactical obedience course as well as aggression and obedience demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael Voss)
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SFS hosts Police Week

Posted 5/17/2013   Updated 5/17/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Donovan Jackson
Air University Public Affairs


5/17/2013 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. - -- In honor of the men and women of law enforcement who have sacrificed their lives while protecting and serving United States citizens, the 42nd Security Forces Squadron hosted National Police Week events Monday through today.

The weeklong celebration kicked off with a breakfast Monday, hosted by Maj. Tony Castillo Jr., commander of the 42nd Security Forces Squadron. A formal retreat ceremony was held Wednesday, followed by the Top Dog competition Thursday, where competitors got the chance to show off the skills of their military working dogs. The festivities conclude with today's third annual Warrior Challenge, featuring athletic obstacles, testing the endurance of the competitors, followed by the Top Shot competition and a barbecue.

"Police Week is a national recognition of our police officers around the U.S.," said Col. Joseph Milner, 42nd Mission Support Group commander. "It remembers the sacrifices they have borne for the protection of the people in the community."

President John F. Kennedy established Police Week in 1962 as a means to give special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Police Week not only honors fallen officers, it also honors those who currently serve, retirees and their family members.

"This is the one time each year that we reflect on our brother and sister law enforcement professionals who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties," said Master Sgt. John Masiello, 42nd SFS plans and programs manager. "We need to remember them by supporting and comforting their surviving family members with open arms. Above all, conduct ourselves in a manner that will continue to shine an honoring light on their sacrifice."



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