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Backing the Blue: Police Week held on Peterson Air Force Base

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airmen from the 21st Security Forces Squadron and 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, tee off at the 18th tee box during the National Police Week golf tournament at Silver Spruce golf course, May 17, 2017, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Established in 1962 as a joint resolution in Congress, National Police Week recognizes law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airmen from the 21st Security Forces Squadron and 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, tee off at the 18th tee box during the National Police Week golf tournament at Silver Spruce golf course, May 17, 2017, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Established in 1962 as a joint resolution in Congress, National Police Week recognizes law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airmen from the 21st Security Forces Squadron and 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, putt on the 17th green during the National Police Week golf tournament at Silver Spruce golf course, May 17, 2017, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The 21st SFS hosted local law enforcement officers and Team Pete Airmen for several events throughout the week including an obstacle course, BBQ and combative event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airmen from the 21st Security Forces Squadron and 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, putt on the 17th green during the National Police Week golf tournament at Silver Spruce golf course, May 17, 2017, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The 21st SFS hosted local law enforcement officers and Team Pete Airmen for several events throughout the week including an obstacle course, BBQ and combative event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Staff Sgt. Andrea Brunsvold, 21st Security Forces Squadron, shoots targets in firing range simulator during an obstacle course for National Police Week, May 18, 2017 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The obstacle course was one of several events the 21st Security Forces Squadron hosted for Police Week, May 15-19, including a distracted driving simulator, combatives tournament, and BBQ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Staff Sgt. Andrea Brunsvold, 21st Security Forces Squadron, shoots targets in firing range simulator during an obstacle course for National Police Week, May 18, 2017 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The obstacle course was one of several events the 21st Security Forces Squadron hosted for Police Week, May 15-19, including a distracted driving simulator, combatives tournament, and BBQ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Lt. Col. Matt Wingert, 310th Operations Group standards and evaluations chief, applies an arm bar to his opponent during a combatives tournament for National Police Week, May 18, 2017, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The combatives tournament was one of several events the 21st Security Forces Squadron hosted for Police Week, May 15-19, including a distracted driving simulator, obstacle course, and BBQ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Lt. Col. Matt Wingert, 310th Operations Group standards and evaluations chief, applies an arm bar to his opponent during a combatives tournament for National Police Week, May 18, 2017, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The combatives tournament was one of several events the 21st Security Forces Squadron hosted for Police Week, May 15-19, including a distracted driving simulator, obstacle course, and BBQ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Members of the 21st Security Forces Squadron along with fellow defenders and area law enforcement from across the region salute during the national anthem at the Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers' Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 19, 2017. The memorial service is part of Police Week, which celebrates the lives and sacrifices of area law enforcement through different activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Shellie-Anne Espinosa)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Members of the 21st Security Forces Squadron along with fellow defenders and area law enforcement from across the region salute during the national anthem at the Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers' Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 19, 2017. The memorial service is part of Police Week, which celebrates the lives and sacrifices of area law enforcement through different activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Shellie-Anne Espinosa)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Team Pete Airmen receive a safety briefing before a combatives tournament for National Police Week, May 18, 2017, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The combatives tournament was one of several events the 21st Security Forces Squadron hosted for Police Week, May 15-19, including a distracted driving simulator, obstacle course, and BBQ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Team Pete Airmen receive a safety briefing before a combatives tournament for National Police Week, May 18, 2017, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The combatives tournament was one of several events the 21st Security Forces Squadron hosted for Police Week, May 15-19, including a distracted driving simulator, obstacle course, and BBQ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Lt. Col. Matt Wingert, 310th Operations Group standards and evaluations chief, wrestles his opponent during a combatives tournament for National Police Week, May 18, 2017, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The combatives tournament was one of several events the 21st Security Forces Squadron hosted for Police Week, May 15-19, including a distracted driving simulator, obstacle course, and BBQ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Lt. Col. Matt Wingert, 310th Operations Group standards and evaluations chief, wrestles his opponent during a combatives tournament for National Police Week, May 18, 2017, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The combatives tournament was one of several events the 21st Security Forces Squadron hosted for Police Week, May 15-19, including a distracted driving simulator, obstacle course, and BBQ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Team Pete Airmen flip a tire during an obstacle course for National Police Week, May 18, 2017 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The obstacle course was one of several events the 21st Security Forces Squadron hosted for Police Week, May 15-19, including a distracted driving simulator, combatives tournament, and BBQ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Team Pete Airmen flip a tire during an obstacle course for National Police Week, May 18, 2017 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The obstacle course was one of several events the 21st Security Forces Squadron hosted for Police Week, May 15-19, including a distracted driving simulator, combatives tournament, and BBQ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Team Pete Airmen complete one minute of non-lethal combative area during an obstacle course for National Police Week, May 18, 2017 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The obstacle course was one of several events the 21st Security Forces Squadron hosted for Police Week, May 15-19, including a distracted driving simulator, combatives tournament, and BBQ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Team Pete Airmen complete one minute of non-lethal combative area during an obstacle course for National Police Week, May 18, 2017 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The obstacle course was one of several events the 21st Security Forces Squadron hosted for Police Week, May 15-19, including a distracted driving simulator, combatives tournament, and BBQ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Capt. John Boulware, 21st Space Wing chaplain, participates in a distracting driving simulator, May 17, 2017, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Hosted by the 21st Security Forces Squadron, the program offers the driver a simulated experience on what it is like to drive with various distractions. The distracted driving simulator is one of several events by the 21st SFS for National Police Week including an obstacle course, combative tournament, BBQ and golf tournament. (U.S. Air Force photo by David Meade)
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Capt. John Boulware, 21st Space Wing chaplain, participates in a distracting driving simulator, May 17, 2017, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Hosted by the 21st Security Forces Squadron, the program offers the driver a simulated experience on what it is like to drive with various distractions. The distracted driving simulator is one of several events by the 21st SFS for National Police Week including an obstacle course, combative tournament, BBQ and golf tournament. (U.S. Air Force photo by David Meade)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Local and military law enforcement officers participate in a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate National Police Week, May 19, 2017, at the New Life Church, Colorado Springs, Colo. The ceremony was the final event for National Police Week, May 15-19, where agencies held various events throughout the week to honor law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by David Meade)
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Local and military law enforcement officers participate in a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate National Police Week, May 19, 2017, at the New Life Church, Colorado Springs, Colo. The ceremony was the final event for National Police Week, May 15-19, where agencies held various events throughout the week to honor law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by David Meade)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 21st Security Forces Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, wrapped up a week of activities for National Police Week, May 15-19, 2017.

National Police Week is a time for citizens to recognize the law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The week was established in 1962 as a joint resolution in Congress.

“We are privileged to be a part of a larger community of peace officers around the country,” said Tim Omdal, 21st SFS deputy director. “Police week gives us an opportunity to challenge our skills and also work with local officers to recognize our fallen brethren.”

Building 1425 known more commonly as the shoot house, hosted several events including an obstacle course, BBQ and combatives event. All events were designed to highlight the challenges defenders face when apprehending criminals.

“We used non-lethal weapons, our red-man safety suit and other obstacles to practice the skills we need to prepare,” said Staff Sgt. Zachary Hippely, 21st SFS personnel and programs NCO in charge. “These obstacles represent the challenges law enforcement officers face day to day.”

A round robin golf tournament was held May 17 with support from 34 attendees.

Base members had a chance to experience the sensation of distracted driving by using a simulator set up in the 21st Mission Support Group building. By experiencing how distracted driving can lead to an accident, officers hoped to demonstrate the lethality of drunk driving and texting while driving.

The week ended with a ceremonial wreath laying at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The names of 31 fallen officers were read aloud during the folding of the American Flag and laying of the wreath.

The civilian law enforcement community has a close relationship with the 21st SFS as evidenced by the participation of Airmen in local events and local officers using the shoot house for training.