JB MDL takes shot at Police Week 2010

By 2nd Lt. Carolyn Glover | Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs | May 19, 2010

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — The 87th Security Forces Squadron joined with community law enforcement professionals May 10 through 14 here in celebration of Police Week 2010.
Police Week is held to not only celebrate the sacrifice and commitment of all law enforcement professionals, but also to commemorate those who gave their lives in service of the community.

"Police Week allows us to take time to reflect on the sacrifices of our fellow law enforcement professionals, both civilian and military," said Col. Tim Heintzelman, 87th SFS commander. "It is also a great opportunity to demonstrate the tremendous skill and ability of our warfighters and their civilian counterparts."

Various festivities took place throughout the week, including a shooting competition, K-9 competition and golf tournament. Activities were open to all JB MDL servicemembers and local law enforcement officials from neighboring communities.

The 87th Security Forces Squadron launched the week's festivities with an opening ceremony on Sharpe Parade Field. Col. Joseph Poth, JB MDL deputy commander and career Army military police officer, was the event's guest speaker.

"(This is) the first ceremony where our military and our community come together to commemorate those fallen police officers who have gone before us," he said. "It is appropriate because our military and our law enforcement professionals are bound by common virtues of sacrifice and service."

All in attendance paid tribute as the names of the fallen officers were read and a cannon shot was fired.
The rest of the week's festivities came in the form of friendly competition and demonstrations.

A tactical shooting competition began early Tuesday and continued throughout the day. Sharp shooters competed individually and in teams, showcasing shooting skills with various maneuvers at a variety of distances.

The whole JB MDL community was able to join in the festivities in front of the commissary on Wednesday. Drug Abuse Resistance Education officers and McGruff the Crime Dog interacted with audience members throughout the day. Equipment and weapons used by SFS members were on display and military working dogs showed off their abilities through a variety of demonstrations.

Working dogs from the base and community law enforcement teams competed against each other Thursday in four different events: narcotics detection, handler protection, building searches and obedience skills.

"It was really great to see our working dogs compete with those from civilian police departments. The competition was really close and our dogs definitely showed themselves well," said Tech. Sgt. Roland Lovitt, 87th SFS kennel master.
Police Week participants finished the week squaring off on the green during a golf tournament Friday.

Senior Master Sgt. Warrick, 87th SFS logistics superintendent, hopes Police Week provided an opportunity for the public to share in the understanding and remembrance of the sacrifices of fallen law enforcement professionals.

"Even though many of us who have lost a comrade think of person numerous times throughout the year, Police Week provides the entire policing community and the Nation the opportunity to pay particular tribute to the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend and serve," he said. "Many people don't think about what a police officer, whether military or civilian, provides until they need one. Hopefully, during our first annual Joint Base Police Week, we provided an opportunity for the public to share in our remembrance."