Police Week to honor law enforcement service, sacrifice

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – 66th Security Forces Squadron officials will observe National Police Week May 12-18.

The annual observance will recognize federal and local law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

“National Police Week is not only a time to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty, but also a time to reinforce the bond between the 66th Security Forces Squadron and the Hanscom Air Force Base community,” said Tech. Sgt. David Turner, 66 SFS NCO in charge of Plans and Programs.

Activities will begin Monday, May 13 at 8:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony and proclamation signing at the squadron’s headquarters building. Following the ceremony, SFS personnel will participate in a 5K ruck march. Those interested in participating may pre-register at the SFS registration page.  

All with base access are welcome to attend the ceremony and participate in the ruck march. For further information on this event, email Staff Sgt. Caleb Teats at Caleb.Teats@us.af.mil.

Hanscom Police Week organizers will host a four-person, 18-hole scramble golf tournament at the Patriot Golf Course May 14 beginning with a tee time at 9 a.m. All those interested in participating are asked to signup prior to the event at the registration site

To learn more about this, contact Senior Airman Britton Auxier at Britton.Auxier@us.af.mil.

On National Peace Officers Memorial Day May 15, SFS officials will host a vigil at 9 a.m. at Memorial Park near the clinic to honor and remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty, including fallen SFS Defenders Senior Airmen Jason “Khai” Phan, Kcey Ruiz and Nathan Sartain.

“This event will be a poignant moment for the Hanscom community to come together, remember the sacrifices of our teammates, and reaffirm our commitment to the values they upheld,” said Senior Airman Kendra Balay, organizer for the event.

Organizers bring the community together for a dodgeball tournament May 16 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Fitness and Sports Center. All interested are asked to sign up at the registration page.

To learn more about this event, contact Senior Airman Jacob Begin at Jacob.Begin@us.af.mil.

All base personnel are invited to attend a retreat ceremony outside building 1305, May 17 at 3 p.m. to close Police Week.

“This ceremony will encapsulate the week’s spirit of bringing the community together,” said Turner.

The weeklong event was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962 and has since grown into a nationwide event, with communities across the country honoring the men and women who serve in law enforcement.