17th SFS celebrates Police Week

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.