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National Police Week

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Caroline Miller, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio commander, presents opening remarks during the retreat ceremony for National Police Week, May 14, 2021, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

National Police Week

U.S. Air Force Security Forces members from Joint Base San Antonio form up in preparation for the retreat ceremony for National Police Week, May 14, 2021, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

National Police Week

U.S. Air Force Security Forces members from Joint Base San Antonio form up in preparation for the retreat ceremony for National Police Week, May 14, 2021, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

National Police Week

A U.S. Air Force flag detail from the 802nd Security Forces Squadron prepares to lower the U.S. flag during the retreat ceremony for National Police Week, May 14, 2021, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The detail consisted of Tech. Sgt. David Bristow Senior Airman Joe Marsh Airman 1st Class Cameron Dory and Airman 1st Class Ashley Gonzalez-Lopez. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

National Police Week

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. David Hartman, 502nd Security Forces Squadron security manager, renders a salute during the retreat ceremony for National Police Week, May 14, 2021, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

National Police Week

A U.S. Air Force flag detail from the 802nd Security Forces Squadron folds the U.S. flag during the retreat ceremony for National Police Week, May 14, 2021, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The detail consisted of Tech. Sgt. David Bristow; Senior Airman Joe Marsh; Airman 1st Class Cameron Dory; Airman 1st Class Ashley Gonzalez-Lopez. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

National Police Week

A U.S. Air Force flag detail Airmen from the 802nd Security Forces Squadron participates in the retreat ceremony for National Police Week, May 14, 2021, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The detail consisted of Tech. Sgt. David Bristow, Senior Airman Joe Marsh, Airman 1st Class Cameron Dory and Airman 1st Class Ashley Gonzalez-Lopez. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- A retreat ceremony at the AFSFC headquarters building highlighted National Police Week events on Joint Base San Antonio Friday, May 14. Brig. Gen. Caroline Miller, 502d Air Base Wing (JBSA) Commander provided opening remarks to those in attendance, including dozens of Security Forces Defenders from JBSA.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.
National Police Week honors those who have sworn to protect and defend. The event pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.