Every year police departments and law enforcement agencies come together during National Police Week to honor and remember those who serve, have served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The event is usually the second week of May, and this year it is May 12 through 16. Police week gives everyone the chance to recognize and simply say “thank you” to the men and women of security forces and other law enforcement agencies.
“Police Week is a time for civilians and other Airmen to learn more about our job and what we do as a whole,” said Staff Sgt. Travis Dulworth, 56th Security Forces Squadron Police Services NCO-in-charge.
Throughout the week, the 56th SFS will host several events.
The first event will kick off at 9 a.m. Monday in the commissary parking lot. This event includes the Glendale and Phoenix police departments as well as the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Demonstrations by the 56th SFS military working dogs will be held alongside a combat arms display of modern weapons used in ground combat today.
For families, a face-painting tent will be set up along with a visit from a special guest, McGruff the Crime Dog. That day will be a perfect opportunity to view how police departments work together and the tools they use to operate.
The highlight of the week will be a retreat ceremony held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the base flagpole. The retreat will be held in remembrance of the 18 56th SFS members who were killed during a mission to rescue the American merchant ship, the S.S. Mayaguez, on May 15, 1975. During the operation, 41 Americans lost their lives and 44 were wounded.
On the last day of Police Week, the 56th SFS will host a golf tournament for all base personnel and off-base local police departments at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. For more information about the activities during Police Week, or to sign up for the golf tournament, call Tech Sgt. Michael DiCicco at (623) 856-9576.