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50th SFS commemorates National Police Week

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Security Forces Squadron commemorated Schriever’s observance of National Police Week at the auditorium here May 15.

“It is the law enforcement officer who routinely serves our community while in danger from members of that very same community,” 50th Security Forces Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Paul Scholl said.

In 1962, President John Kennedy declared May 15 as National Police Day, and the week encompassing May 15 as National Police Week.

Security forces Airmen also face dangers in deployed environments. Staff Sgt. Brian McElroy, formerly assigned to 50th SFS, was killed by an improvised explosive device Jan. 22 while deployed to Iraq. He was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, at the time of his death.

“We face the same threats as other members of the military when deployed, but it is our home-station mission that (sometimes) places us at odds with the community we both serve and are a part of,” Colonel Scholl said.

Security forces were originally established as air police when the Air Force stood up Sept. 18, 1947, Colonel Scholl said. No matter its designation, security forces’ mission has always been the same: to provide for the safety and security and enforce the laws of their communities.

Security forces follow a very simple creed,” he said. “The men and women of the 50th SFS do their best to adhere to and guide their actions by this creed in all our contacts with the men and women of Schriever AFB.”

Security Forces Creed:
“I am a security forces member. I hold allegiance to my country, devotion to duty and personal integrity above all. I wear my badge of authority with dignity and restraint and promote by example high standards of conduct, appearance, courtesy and performance. I seek no favors because of my position. I perform my duties in a firm, courteous and impartial manner, irrespective of a person’s color, race, religion, national origin or sex. I strive to merit the respect of my fellow Airmen and all with whom I come in contact.”