National Police Week honors fallen law enforcement officers

Staff Sgt. Carolyn (Viss) Herrick

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

In honor of law enforcement professionals, especially those killed in the line of duty, security department at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) will host National Police Week events beginning May 15.

Flags will be flown at half staff May 15 in accordance with President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 designation of that day as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

“Even though we’re in the military, we are also a security and law enforcement organization,” said Lt. Col Michael Gimbrone, the joint base security officer and 647th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) commander. “In that regard, we have a bond with our fellow law enforcement officers. It’s very important to take time to honor the men and women of law enforcement.”

Every 53 hours, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty, he said – more than 19,000 total police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“This is our opportunity to do our part to recognize our brothers and sisters in arms,” Gimbrone said. “In the Department of Defense, military law enforcement personnel have been killed both in combat and war zones as well as in other situations throughout the military community.”

Most law enforcement agencies are doing their own events throughout the island, according to Master Sgt. Scott Elmblad, 647th SFS NCO in charge of integrated base defense. A number of Airmen and Sailors from the security department at JBPHH will take part in a memorial march downtown on May 16, hosted by the Honolulu Police Department. In addition, the joint base security department will host a special retreat ceremony on May 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the Missing Man formation at JBPHH.

“This week is geared toward memorializing fallen officers,” Elmblad said.

“We are proud of our role throughout the security department and of what we do in law enforcement efforts on behalf of the members of this community,” Gimbrone said. “We’re proud to be in the ‘customer service’ role of protecting and serving everyone, whether they work on base, live on base, visit the base … in helping to make sure they have a safe and secure environment in which to live their lives and accomplish the mission,” he explained.

“On a day-to-day basis, the members of this security department are out there 24/7 regardless of the weather or the environment in which they serve,” he said. “We’re honored to be here to serve the community.”

The joint base security department is also scheduled to host a National Police Week Open House on May 21. A full schedule of events will include K-9 demonstrations, weapons displays and a keiki ID table.

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