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National Police Week: LRAFB honors law enforcement

Airmen attend the opening ceremony for National Police Week

Little Rock Air Force Base Honor Guard members post the colors at the opening ceremony of National Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 10, 2021. The 19th Security Forces Squadron teamed up with local law enforcement to observe the annual remembrance week honoring local, state and federal officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

Airmen attend the opening ceremony for National Police Week

Jacksonville Police Department Chief Brett Hibbs speaks during the opening ceremony of National Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 10, 2021. The 19th Security Forces Squadron teamed up with local law enforcement to observe the annual remembrance week honoring local, state and federal officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

Airmen attend the opening ceremony for National Police Week

Tech. Sgt. Richard Robinson, a 19th Security Forces Squadron, gives opening remarks during the National Police Week commencement ceremony at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 10, 2021. The 19th SFS teamed up with local law enforcement to observe the annual remembrance week honoring local, state and federal officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

Airmen attend the opening ceremony for National Police Week

Jacksonville Police Department Chief Brett Hibbs speaks during the opening ceremony of National Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 10, 2021. The 19th Security Forces Squadron teamed up with local law enforcement to observe the annual remembrance week honoring local, state and federal officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

An Airman fires his M-4 rifle during a shooting competition

Airmen take part in the Rifle Course as part of Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 12, 2021. National Police Week is observed the week of May 15 annually to pay tribute to local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Ashley Walker)

Airmen fire their M-4 rifle during a shooting competition

Airmen take part in the Rifle Course as part of Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 12, 2021. National Police Week is observed the week of May 15 annually to pay tribute to local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Ashley Walker)

Airmen place their targets during a shooting competition

Airmen place their targets down the firing range during the Rifle Course as part of 19th Security Force Squadron's National Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 12, 2021. The competition was one of the many events in which Defenders participated in recognition of National Police Week, recognizing work and sacrifice of local, state and federal law enforcement officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Ashley Walker)

CATM Airmen score targets

19th Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructors analyze the participants’ targets and score accuracy during the Rifle Course at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 12, 2021. National Police Week is observed the week of May 15 annually to pay tribute to local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Ashley Walker)

MWDs participate in a competition

Military working dogs from local police departments as well as from the 19th Security Forces Squadron compete in a Hard Dog/Fast Dog competition to see which canine best displays its training as part of National Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 11, 2021. The week’s events honored military and local law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

MWDs participate in a competition
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Military working dogs from local police departments as well as from the 19th Security Forces Squadron compete in a Hard Dog/Fast Dog competition to see which canine best displays its training as part of National Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 11, 2021. The week’s events honored military and local law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

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Military working dogs from local police departments as well as from the 19th Security Forces Squadron compete in a Hard Dog/Fast Dog competition to see which canine best displays its training as part of National Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 11, 2021. The week’s events honored military and local law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

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Military working dogs from local police departments as well as from the 19th Security Forces Squadron compete in a Hard Dog/Fast Dog competition to see which canine best displays its training as part of National Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 11, 2021. The week’s events honored military and local law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

Airmen participate in a ruck march
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2nd Lt. Benjamin Sandford, 19th Security Forces Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Elias Bishara, 189th Security Forces Squadron, carry a flag as participants in the Police Week 24-Hour Ruck/Run/Walk in Heritage Park on Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 13, 2021. Participants marched in shifts over a 24-hour period in memory of fallen military and local law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

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2nd Lt. Benjamin Sandford, 19th Security Forces Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Elias Bishara, 189th Security Forces Squadron, carry a flag as participants in the Police Week 24-Hour Ruck/Run/Walk in Heritage Park on Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 13, 2021. Participants marched in shifts over a 24-hour period in memory of fallen military and local law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

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2nd Lt. Benjamin Sandford, 19th Security Forces Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Elias Bishara, 189th Security Forces Squadron, carry a flag as participants in the Police Week 24-Hour Ruck/Run/Walk in Heritage Park on Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 13, 2021. Participants marched in shifts over a 24-hour period in memory of fallen military and local law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

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2nd Lt. Benjamin Sandford, 19th Security Forces Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Elias Bishara, 189th Security Forces Squadron, carry a flag as participants in the Police Week 24-Hour Ruck/Run/Walk in Heritage Park on Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 13, 2021. Participants marched in shifts over a 24-hour period in memory of fallen military and local law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

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Photos of fallen law enforcement officers are displayed at the National Police Week opening ceremony at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 10, 2021. The 19th Security Forces Squadron teamed up with local law enforcement to observe the annual remembrance week honoring local, state and federal officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

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Office of Special Investigation Special Agent Steven Cicchetto, Detachment 327 commander, speaks at the closing ceremony for National Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 14, 2021. Throughout the week, the base hosted several events to honor fallen military and local law enforcement officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton)

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Airmen fold the American flag as part of the closing ceremony for National Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 14, 2021. The base hosted several events throughout the week to honor fallen and local law enforcement officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton

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Airmen fold the American flag as part of the closing ceremony for National Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 14, 2021. The base hosted several events throughout the week to honor fallen and local law enforcement officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kalee Sexton

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- The 19th Security Forces Squadron and Office of Special Investigations Detachment 327 honored law enforcement during National Police Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, May 10-14.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy established May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is commemorated each year during National Police Week. The annual observance honors law enforcement officers who've fallen in the line of duty.

Brett Hibbs, Jacksonville Police Department chief of police, opened the week by speaking at a ceremony that featured photos of fallen law enforcement officers.

“Specifically for us in security forces downrange on deployments, it’s important to remember these officers because they were serving their community and serving their country,” said Senior Master Sgt. Kurt Lugar, 19th SFS superintendent  “They’ve earned that remembrance and we need to appreciate what they’ve done for us.”

The goal of National Police Week is to not only honor those who have given their life, but to teach others what goes into being a law enforcement officer, and what it takes to be willing to make that sacrifice.

It also provides an opportunity for security forces members to showcase some of the tools of their trade and to engage with the public in a non-emergency way.

“Police Week is about honoring and remembering the life, service, and sacrifice of all our fallen law enforcement brothers and sisters on both the civilian and military sides,” said Maj. Andrew Ferguson, 19th SFS commander. “It’s about celebrating our culture and sharing it with friends, family, colleagues and the communities we serve.”

The week featured several events, including pistol and rifle competitions, a military working dog competition and a 24-hour ruck march to pay tribute to the fallen.

“The events are intended to be fun and promote competition while celebrating and sharing our culture,” Ferguson said.

Lugar said members recognize the value of being able to hold events this year — since many were unable to attend last year’s Police Week due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“The most important thing to us this year was being able to bring people together in person to participate in honoring law enforcement through these event,” Lugar said. “We weren’t able to do that last year.”

At times the events can take on a serious tone, knowing that some officers have paid the ultimate price while in the line of duty.

“For the last two years, we were able to display the photos of our fallen Defenders and Special Agents and read their names aloud so that we may never forget,” Ferguson said. “That’s the somber, but most important aspect of Police Week.”

“We’re not forgetting what they sacrificed their lives for,” Lugar added. “This is a special week; a special time to remember the fallen and carry their legacy forward.”

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