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Vandenberg slated to host Police Week events

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg members are preparing to celebrate National Police Week with over eight events throughout the week geared towards honoring not only military, but also civilian law enforcement officers.

"This week is not just important for Vandenberg Security Forces members, but as members of the law enforcement community, it is important for us to celebrate and honor the civilian and military law enforcement police officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice each year," said Master Sgt. Thomas Lepetri, 30th Security Forces Squadron Combat Support section chief and the Vandenberg Police Week chairman.

According to the National Police Week website, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Since the inception of National Police Week, California and the United States Air Force have lost 120 military and civilian law enforcement officers.

"Vandenberg Police Week is about the entire law enforcement community," Lepetri said. "We are all brothers-and-sisters-in-arms. This week aims to honor the sacrifices of those officers and increase camaraderie with our local allies."

Below is a schedule of the 30th SFS's National Police Week events:

"Jail and Bail," Monday, May 13

Description: This event will allow Vandenberg members to place your boss, supervisor, or friend in jail. Call 606-2343 for more information.

National Police Week Parade, Monday, May 13

Description: There will be a parade through Vandenberg housing, starting at 3 p.m. at the 30th Secuirty Forces Squadron main building. The parade is scheduled to last two hours.

Law Enforcement Pistol Shoot, Tuesday, May 14

Description: This event is open to all military and Law Enforcement officers and will start at 8 a.m. and run through 12 p.m. at the Combat Arms building, building 21308. Bring your own weapon and ammo up to .45 caliber. Military can use M9 & pro rounds. Trophy awarded to the top shooter, prizes for the top five. Call 606-6873 to register.

West Coast Warrior Challenge Competition, Tuesday, May 14

Description: Four person teams will compete to see who is the toughest. Prizes awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. The event will start at 1 p.m. and run through 4 p.m. at the Combat Arms Building, building 21308. Call 605-5009 to register.

Law Enforcement Technology Display, Wednesday, May 15

Description: This event is open to anyone with base access and will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 at Vandenberg Base Exchange parking lot. Come out and see the latest weapons, vehicles and equipment used by today's Law Enforcement. K-9 Demos will be conducted during the event. Great photo and hands on opportunity for the whole family. Call 605-0555 for additional information.

Golf Tournament, Thursday, May 16

Description: This event is open to all and will be held at Marshallia Ranch with an 8 a.m. registration and has a 9 a.m. shot-gun start. Call 606-5752 or 606-9001 for additional information and to register.

Candlelight Vigil Ceremony, Thursday, May 16

Description: This event is open to all military, law Enforcement officers and families. This event will begin at 8 p.m. at Vandenberg's Missile V and is the official ceremony honoring 117 fallen Defenders and Law Enforcement officers.

National Police Week Closing Ceremony, Friday, May 17

Description: This event is open to all military, law Enforcement officers and families and will run from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Vandenberg's Missile V. The guest speaker is scheduled to be Larry A. Ralston, Lompoc Chief of Police.

For more information on Vandenberg Police Week events, please call Master Sgt. Thomas Lepetri at 606-0857.