By Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Members of the 50th Security Forces Squadron honored fallen peace officers at the 19th annual Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony Friday in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo. The ceremony was just one of many events being held in honor of National Police Week May 13-18.
Police Week originally began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
For Staff Sgt. Jordan Barth, a 50 SFS member who comes from an extensive law enforcement background, police week hits close to home.
“Being a security forces member and knowing that police members are killed in the line of duty every day, I feel honored to be supporting National Police Week,” said Barth. “It is extremely difficult to come to terms with losing a person whose sole purpose is to protect you and the communities we live in. I have always had the utmost respect for police officers.”
Schriever plans on celebrating police officers during a crime prevention barbecue Friday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Tierra Vista Baseball Field. During the event, law enforcement individuals from the Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s office will be in attendance to speak on local crime prevention programs.
“Although the Schriever security mission may make 50th Security Forces Squadron members the most visible law enforcement entity they encounter, Team Schriever’s personnel shouldn’t forget that the majority of their days’ activities are kept safe by other local law enforcement agencies,” said Lt. Col. Jasin Cooley, 50 SFS commander. “Police Week reminds us that we’re part of a bigger law enforcement community, one that also endures challenges and sacrifices.”
Other Schriever agencies, including the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator office and the Airman and Family Readiness Center, will have information booths at the event as well.
“The main purpose of the event is to get Schriever personnel together to learn valuable information on how to protect themselves and their families,” said Barth.
Along with the crime prevention barbecue, there will also be a multiagency softball tournament at Peterson Air Force Base, Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Security forces and military police members from Schriever and Peterson AFB, Fort Carson and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station will show their softball mettle in a double-elimination tournament. All Team Schriever members are invited to attend.
“We definitely want people to come out and cheer everyone on,” said Barth. “There will be food, fun and camaraderie in honor of National Police Week.”
Though National Police Week is just a week, 50 SFS members want to remind Schriever members of the contribution police officers make throughout the year.
“Schriever receives significant support from off-base law enforcement agencies,” said Cooley. “El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responds to frequent service calls here, as well as Colorado State Patrol and the FBI. Police Week provides 50 SFS the opportunity to demonstrate overtly our appreciation for their efforts and dedication.”