Police Week concludes at Andersen Published May 21, 2013 By Airman 1st Class Mariah Haddenham 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Team Andersen finished its National Police Week observance May 17 with a retreat ceremony at the 36th Wing headquarters building here. National Police Week occurs each year during the week of May 15 in recognition of the service and sacrifice of members of U.S. law enforcement agencies. The week was established by Congress in 1962 as a way to recognize those law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty protecting others. "Police Week is important because it brings personnel together who serve in the law enforcement community and helps the capacity to enhance cooperation among law enforcement," said Staff Sgt. Dwight Schweiger, 36th Security Forces Squadron police services. This year, the 36th Security Forces Squadron headed up the planning and execution of events on Andersen, with support from the736th Security Forces Squadron. The week incorporated different first responder agencies from around base, like the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services, and educated them on the each other's job specialties. It was also a way for the agencies to practice working together, so that in an event of an emergency, everything operates smoothly. Events included a memorial rucksack march, educational stops at the Andersen Child Development Center, a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog at The Exchange at Andersen AFB, a parade through base housing and various athletic challenges. "The events that we participate in were a big test of physical strength and endurance," said Staff Sgt. Duriel Howard, 36th SFS trainer. "We have fun, but overall we do this as a sign of respect for those that came before us."