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National Police Week proclaimed, activities set

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A PROCLAMATION designating May 12 to 18 as National Police Week on Guam was signed yesterday at the Governor’s Complex in Adelup. The week began Sunday with commemorations during services at various churches on the island.

National Police Week activities will continue tomorrow with a Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony at 4 p.m. by the GPD Memorial Monument at the Hagåtña Precinct. On Thursday, the police department will host an employees’ luncheon and awards ceremony at the GPD compound in Tiyan.

The following morning, the department will offer a static display and Friday afternoon will host a sports/fun day also at the Tiyan compound.

On Saturday the department will hold the Ride to Honor Fallen Officers. Those taking part will meet at the Hagåtña Precinct and the ride will end with a picnic at the Harley-Davidson store in Asan.

“The significance [of National Police Week] is taking the time to honor those police officers and law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their communities and serving the nation,” said Guam Police Department Chief Fred Bordallo.

“It also gives an opportunity for police departments nationwide to showcase to their communities what their agencies do. That’s why we organize activities like sports days or have table displays and we also invite students from the public schools to come over to understand what it is that police officers do and some of the equipment that we use.”

Awardees

Five 2012 GPD awardees were recognized during yesterday’s ceremony. Criminalist Analyn G. Akigamai is the department’s Civilian Employee of the Year; David S.N. Sablan is Civilian Volunteer Police Reserve of the Year; Officer Benjamin J. Palomo is Police Officer of the Year; Officer Barry K. Flores is Supervisor of the Year; and Sgt. Maj. John M. Celis is Manager of the Year.

Also present at the ceremony were members of the Guam Airport Police, the Port Police, and military police units. “We also like to invite the other local law enforcement agencies,” Bordallo said. “When they perform the role of law enforcement officers, police officers out in the community and the areas they serve, they also have the same risk that we have when they’re out there performing duties and enforcing the laws.”

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