NEWS | May 22, 2017

JB Charleston participates in National Police Week

By Senior Airman Christian Sullivan Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The 628th Security Forces Squadron hosted several events throughout the week of May 15-19 in commemoration of National Police Week.

The purpose of Police Week is to honor those who have fallen, along with showcasing law enforcement officer skills.

“I think Police Week is important because it gives us an opportunity to reflect on those who came before us, those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and those who are still in the field today, keeping the community safe,” said Senior Master Sgt. Chad Hashley, 628th SFS superintendent. “Not only in the military, but those in the civilian community as well, what they do every day gives us something to celebrate.”

Members from across Joint Base Charleston participated in numerous events to support the security forces squadron during Police Week.

The 628th SFS hosted several events throughout the week, some of which included the National Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony, a chili cook off, M4 carbine and M9 pistol firing competitions, a retreat ceremony and more.

“We were fortunate to have Charleston members participate in events. We had extraordinary support from our local departments. Members from Charleston County sheriff’s Office, Berkley County Sheriff’s Office, North Charleston Police Department and others attended, showing our brotherhood within the blue line,” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Calo, 628th SFS flight chief.

With all the events and moving parts, Calo said Team Charleston successfully completed the week while honoring law enforcement members.

“I believe this Police Week was a huge success,” said Calo. “Numerous members from the base continue to complement our squadron members on their efforts throughout the week and beyond.”

While Police Week honors the fallen, it also gives people the opportunity to see the faces of those who still serve in law enforcement.

“This year’s Police Week was a solemn reminder of the sacrifices paid by our law enforcement brothers and sisters across the nation,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Clouse, 628th SFS commander. “It was also a great opportunity to interact with the joint base community and remind them of the service we provide. I was encouraged by the support we received from many of the civilian law enforcement agencies across the Lowcountry.”