Celebrating National Police Week

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Every year law enforcement agencies across America honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety. May 15, 2010 is National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and that entire week is National Police Week. Law enforcement agencies around America hold events from memorial services to open houses and use the week as a time to strengthen or renew the bonds between the community and law enforcement.

This year, during National Police Week, May 9-15, 2010, there will be several events around the base to raise awareness of the sacrifices security forces and police officers make as they protect and serve the public. Below is a list of events, times and locations, please feel free to come out and show your support for your security forces personnel.

May 9, 2010, Noon - We will be kicking off National Police Week with a Poker Run for all motorcycle enthusiasts. Registration for the run will start at the Casey's, in Knob Noster. The fee is $10 per hand.

May 10, 2010, 6:30 a.m. - Security Forces will be passing out blue ribbons at all gates. The ribbons are a symbol of support for law enforcement.

May 12, 2010, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - "McGruff" will be visiting the school to participate in recess activities with the kids.

May 14, 2010, 8 a.m. - We will be hosting a golf tournament shotgun start at 9 a.m. After the tournament Security Forces Squadron will be going to support Sedalia Memorial Service at 5 p.m. This ceremony is held each year and the names and pictures of the fallen police officers to include our SFS personnel can be viewed. A reception follows the ceremony.

May 15, 2010, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. - The BX is sponsoring a child safety seat check in their parking lot from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and a bike rodeo starting at 11 a.m. SF will have a weapons and vehicle display. Children will be able to get their bikes inspected for safety before they run through a small course laid out to teach them safety tips while riding their bikes. McGruff will be on hand to cheer the children as they run through the course, and the BX will have items to give away to participants of the rodeo.

For more information on crime prevention, call (660) 687-4482 or  or send an e-mail to jerry.osban@whiteman.af.mil.