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Team Andersen will observe police week May 10-16

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  • By Snior Airman Jeffrey Lucas
  • 36th Security Forces Squadron
Did you know close to 200 civilian police officers have died in 2007? That means one civilian police officer dies in the line of duty in the United States, every other day. This does not include your local security or the many different military police organizations.

36th Security Forces Squadron is teaming with 736th Security Forces, Guam Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration and other local peace officer agencies to hold 2008 Police Week here on Guam. Police Week is a time every year where, peace officers pause to remember and reflect on those who have fallen. During this time, there are also many activities that help raise peace officer's morale while also informing and entertaining the public.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-54 which was the first recognition of Police Officers Memorial Day. On May 14, 1942, Congress signed a Joint Resolution that set aside that day in 1962 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Later that year President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 which made May 15 as National Peace Officers' Memorial Day and the week of May 15 as National Police Week.

On Andersen AFB, police week will be held May 10-16. Here on Andersen, 36 SFS will be starting Police week with a friendly bowling tournament starting at 11 a.m, May 10. On the 12th, there will be an official reveille marking the start of Police week at the Arc Light Memorial. Later we will be holding a Parade from many different agencies through Base Housing which is set to start at 5:30 p.m., near the Furniture Management Office building. On the 14th at 4 p.m., Security Forces will be displaying many different vehicles and weapon systems as well as a Kids ID booth behind Building 23020/Security Forces. We will also be holding a K9 demonstration at 4:30 p.m. at the same building. On the 15th, Police Officers Memorial Day, the Guam Police Department will be hosting an island wide Police Officers Memorial at their Hagatna Precinct.