VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
As part of National Police Week activities, the 30th Security Forces Squadron held its first Cops for Kids event at the Vandenberg Middle School on May 16.
Local law enforcement agencies including the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, Lompoc Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the 30th SFS came together at the Vandenberg Middle School to educate the school's students about the role of law enforcement personnel in the community.
Utilizing the school's spacious outdoor recreational area, law enforcement personnel setup various activities around the schoolyard to familiarize the students with different aspects of policing duties. Some of the featured stations included a horse patrol and K-9 unit presentation.
"We want people to know that we are not just here to hand out tickets and arrest people, but rather we do what we do to protect the general public and keep people safe," said Airman 1st Class Chelsea Sagen, a 30th SFS member.
The 30th SFS started planning in March for Vandenberg's National Police Week events.
National Police Week, which occurs during the week of May 15, is observed in the United States to recognize and pay tribute to local, state and federal law enforcement personnel.
Below is a schedule of the 30th SFS's National Police Week events:
5k Run/Mountain Bike Poker Run, Tuesday, May 17
Description: This event will take place throughout Vandenberg and have five checkpoints showcasing different functions of security forces, at the same time collecting five different playing cards. The best poker hand wins. The idea of this event is to gain knowledge of the security forces career field. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. with the event starting at 11 a.m. and ending at Cocheo Park with a barbecue and an award ceremony.
Dodge Ball Tournament, Wednesday, May 18
Desciption: This event will take place at the base hockey rink next to the Youth Center. The tournament will be a single elimination bracket with prizes for first and second place. Registration starts at 2:30 p.m. and the event will start at 3 p.m.
Shooting Tournament/Candle Light, Thursday, May 19
Description: Bowling Pin 9mm, and Pistol Shoot and More. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the event starts at 10 a.m. Then, at 4 p.m. the security forces memorial will be placed at the intersection of California Boulevard and Oregon Avenue (Missile V) and two armed guards will take post. At this time a candle light vigil will take place to remember all the fallen security forces members and our fellow fallen civilian cops within the last year.
Closing Ceremony, Friday, May 20
Description: At 4 p.m. there will be a final changing of the guard and a closing ceremony at Missile V followed by a barbecue at Cocheo Park.
For more information, call Senior Airman Arealous Kendrick at 805-315-8824, or email Arealous.firstname.lastname@example.org