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Police Week: Honoring the sacrifice

Dog bites man in bite suit.

Airman 1st Class Bradley Clark, 19th Force Support Squadron ceremonial guardsman, participates in the Hard Dog Fast Dog competition May 17, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Clark is filling the role of the decoy for the dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

A dog runs.

A police dog competes in a ‘Hard Dog Fast Dog’ competition May 17, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The dogs were given a running start of 40-50 yards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Man prepares for golf swing.

Master Sgt. Michael Long, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron material management flight section chief, readies himself for his next swing May 15, 2018, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The golf tournament was a way for officers from on and off base to get to know each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Three men run carrying jerry cans and wearing bullet proof vests.

Defender’s Challenge participants complete the jerry can run May 18, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The jerry can run consisted of two members of a four man team carrying jerry cans filled with water and two members running with replica rifles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Man flips tire.

Defender’s Challenge participant completes the tire flip portion of the event May 18, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The defender challenge consisted of four-man teams competing for the best time on multiple challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Man reassembles rifle.

A Defender’s Challenge participant completes the rifle familiarity event May 18, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Members not actively working with the rifle did jumping jacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Man looks at target he shot.

U.S. Air Force graphic courtesy of Airman Marcus Taylor.

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

The 19th Security Forces Squadron honored Police Week May 14-18, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., with a series of events including a 5K, golf tournament, shooting contest, hard dog/fast dog competition, and Defender challenge.

The tradition of Police Week began May 15, 1962, established by President John F. Kennedy to pay tribute to fallen law enforcement officers and their ultimate sacrifice.

“Police week is a series of events we host, and the overall intent is to pay our respects to fallen law enforcement officers from around the nation,” said Tech. Sgt. Carey Tignor, 19th SFS kennel master. “We just try our best every year to go bigger and better to pay those heroes the respect they deserve.”

Police Week events were designed to represent the different challenges law enforcement officers deal with on a day-to-day basis. Base members were able to view these events and even take part in the majority of them.

“I think all of the other members on base get a really good insight into what we do and who we are,” said Staff Sgt. Kayla Rykowski, 19th SFS desk sergeant. “We’re not just a uniform walking around.”

This insight also allows individuals who aren’t law enforcement to gain a better appreciation for the fallen law enforcement officers Police Week honors.

“I think all of the events mean something on some level,” Tignor said. “We’re also able to share stories of individuals we know and have lost in the past.”

The week came to a conclusion with a barbecue that was held for the officers to allow them to unwind and enjoy each other’s company.

“To me, Police Week is an opportunity to take a break and stop thinking about everything that’s stressful within our career field and really focus on what we have,” Tignor said. “Taking a second to reflect on those fallen heroes is what it’s all about.”