17th SFS celebrates Police Week

Spike, 17th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, guards his prisoner Staff Sgt. Dakota Riddle, 17th SFS MWD handler, at the parade grounds on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 17, 2017. The 17th SFS provided fingerprinting, a weapons display and K-9 demonstration as part of Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Spike, 17th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, guards his prisoner Staff Sgt. Dakota Riddle, 17th SFS MWD handler, at the parade grounds on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 17, 2017. The 17th SFS provided fingerprinting, a weapons display and K-9 demonstration as part of Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

The 17th Security Forces Squadron provided fingerprinting for children at the commissary on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 17, 2017. The 17th SFS provided parents with a chance to have their child’s prints put into the FBI database as part of Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

The 17th Security Forces Squadron provided fingerprinting for children at the commissary on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 17, 2017. The 17th SFS provided parents with a chance to have their child’s prints put into the FBI database as part of Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Senior Airman Devin Jemison, 17th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, tells Airmen about different Air Force weaponry at the commissary on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 17, 2017. As part of Police Week, the 17th SFS gave back to the base by providing displays and demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Senior Airman Devin Jemison, 17th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, tells Airmen about different Air Force weaponry at the commissary on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 17, 2017. As part of Police Week, the 17th SFS gave back to the base by providing displays and demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Tiffanie De La Cruz, Goodfellow Exchange junior manager, drives a golf cart during a simulated drunk driving course for Police Week at the commissary on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 17, 2017. The 17th Security Forces Squadron held the course to raise awareness on drunk driving and the dangers it can cause. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Tiffanie De La Cruz, Goodfellow Exchange junior manager, drives a golf cart during a simulated drunk driving course for Police Week at the commissary on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 17, 2017. The 17th Security Forces Squadron held the course to raise awareness on drunk driving and the dangers it can cause. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 17th Security Forces Squadron celebrated National Police week with various displays and demonstrations around base May 17.

In 1962, President John Kennedy started National Police Week to encompass the calendar week of May 15.

He created it to recognize the men and women who put their lives on the line enforcing the law.

"Whereas our law enforcement agencies play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms which have been guaranteed by the Constitution to every American citizen; and Whereas it is important that people throughout our country know and understand the problems, duties, and responsibilities of their police departments and that members of our law enforcement agencies recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence or disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression or intimidation," wrote Kennedy in the proclamation.