Wednesday, May 8, 2013

National Police Week 2013

Next week is National Police Week begins next week.  This event began back in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy officially made May 15th Peace Officers Memorial Day, a day to remember fallen officers from around the nation.  The week in which this memorial day falls has been since designated as Police Week.  

Presently, tens of thousands of officers from around the world and families of fallen officers visit Washington D.C. during police week to participate in events that centered around honoring officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.  There are honorary events such as the memorial service and candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Memorial, which last year drew in nearly 40,000 viewers.  There are also support group meetings for family's who are dealing with the loss of a loved one.  There are also activities in place to raise money for fantastic organizations such as National Peace Officers' Memorial Fund and C.O.P.S.  

Along with the national events that take place in Washington D.C., many departments throughout the United States put on smaller Police Week events in their city.  Local events here in Dover, Delaware are being hosted by the USAF 436th Security Forces Squadron.  They are going to include:

Saturday May 11th, 2013Opening Ceremonies (State LEO Memorial on the Mall--Dover, DE)

Statewide Law Enforcement Parade (Dover PD to State LEO Memorial)

Law Enforcement Field Day (Show off Patrol Cars, Recruitment, Police Demos, and family and friends field day--The Greens Dover, DE adjacent to the capital)

Monday May 13th, 2013Trip to D.C. For the Official NLEOM Candlelight Vigil (Washington, D.C.)

Tuesday May 14th, 2013Police Week Golf Tournament (Eagle's Nest Golf Course--Dover AFB)
$45.00 entrance fee (team golf)

Wednesday May 15, 2013Law Enforcement Fitness Challenge (Obstacle course--Dover AFB)
$10 per person entrance fee (4 person teams)

Run in Remembrance (A mile for every LEO killed since 15 May 2012-present--Dover AFB)--Donations only.

Thursday May 16, 2013Law Enforcement Handgun Marksmen Competition (Walking Dead themed course of fire--Dover AFB CATM Firing Range)
$10 per person (Singles)
$20 per team (Doubles)

Friday May 17, 2013Closing Ceremonies
Retreat/DSP Pipes and Drums (Dover AFB Headquarters Flag pole)
4 p.m.

Law Enforcement Ball (Statewide--Dover Downs)
Rollins Center Ball room
7 p.m. To Midnight
$45 tickets (Black Tie)

Proceeds from all local events are being donated to C.O.P.S.

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