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Team Minot hosted National Police Week events

Team Minot hosted National Police Week events

A Team Minot security forces Airman high fives a family member during the National Police Week parade at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 12, 2019. The parade went through base housing and participants handed out candy to bystanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather LeVeille)

Team Minot hosted National Police Week events

A Team Minot family member waves to a security forces Airman during the National Police Week parade at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 12, 2019. The National Police Week parade was followed by a family day at the base exchange parking lot that featured weapon displays, a K-9 demonstration, vehicle tours and a kid play area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather LeVeille)

Team Minot hosted National Police Week events

5th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handlers demonstrates the skills of their K-9 partner during National Police Week family day at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 12, 2019. Military working dogs are trained to listen to specific commands and respond immediately to them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather LeVeille)

Team Minot hosted National Police Week events

Team Minot Airmen participate in a 5k event for National Police Week at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 13, 2019. The ruck march was one of many events during National Police Week used to honor the men and women who have given their life in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airmen Ashley Boster)

Team Minot hosted National Police Week events

A police cruiser sets up a road block for the 5k event during National Police Week at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 13, 2019. National Police Week started in 1962 and is recognized annually during May. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Ashley Boster)

Team Minot hosted National Police Week events

A Team Minot security forces Airman runs in a 5k event for National Police Week at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 13, 2019. Participants could walk, run or ruck in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Boster)

Team Minot hosted National Police Week events

Airman 1st Class Alastair Dela Cruz, 91st Missile Security Forces Squadron team member, and his team push a Humvee during the National Police Week defender challenge at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 14, 2019. The defender challenge was a team effort and was a timed physical and mental obstacle course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jesse Jenny)

Team Minot hosted National Police Week events

Senior Airmen Willie Johnican, 91st Missile Security Force Squadron team member, does a pull-up during the National Police Week defender challenge at Minot Air Force base, North Dakota, May 4, 2019. Each participant had to do 20 pull-ups after running a lap. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jesse Jenny)

Team Minot hosted National Police Week events

Airmen assigned to the 91st Missile Security Force Squadron flip a tire during the National Police Week defender challenge at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 14, 2019. Each obstacle in the defender challenge required every member of the team to participant in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jesse Jenny)

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A Team Minot Airman throws a pitch during the National Police Week softball tournament at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 12, 2019. The overall winner of the tournament, 5th Security Forces Squadron delta flight, received a trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather LeVeille)

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A Team Minot Airman swings at a pitch during the National Police Week softball tournament at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 15, 2019. Minot hosted various events to honor National Police Week by getting Airmen together from various squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather LeVeille)

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Team Minot Airmen salute at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 16, 2019. Airmen saluted while the National Anthem was playing to honor the heroes who have died in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jess Jenny)

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A Police Officer with the City of Minot watches the retreat ceremony during National Police Week at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 16, 2019. Law enforcement agencies from the local community came to support the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jesse Jenny)

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A Base Honor Guard Airman blows a trumpet at the retreat ceremony during National Police Week at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, May 16, 2019. The Airman played Taps to close out the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jesse Jenny)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

“Woop-woop, that’s the sound of da police,” KRS-One sings in his 1993 song “Sound of da Police.”

While the sound and flashing lights of police cars may send nervous jitters down some people’s spine, they also serve as a reminder of the care law enforcement has for the community they work in.

“The men and women of security forces are out there day-in and day-out for long hours,” said Staff Sgt. Dominic Cicchirillo, 5th Security Forces Squadron, area supervisor. “They stay up late and wake up early doing everything they can to make sure this base is secure and everybody is safe.”

That dedication does come with risks, and National Police Week recognizes law enforcement professionals who put themselves in harm’s way, and have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty. This year, Police Week ran from May 12 to May 18.

“It’s important to remember all of those who have given their lives and made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” said Senior Airman Michael Slankard, 891st Missile Security Forces Squadron, flight security controller.

In honor of National Police Week, Minot Air Force Base hosted a parade, family day, ruck march, defender challenge, softball tournament and a golf tournament with trophies and prizes for some of the events winners.

“The events were held to bring together people from different squadrons and to incorporate family members into what we do,” said Cicchirillo.

Cicchirillo and Slankard both participated in the Defender challenge in different ways, with one competing and the other coordinating the event, respectively.

“The Defender challenge was a physical and mental contest in which participants had 20 seconds to memorize a set of items that cops use on a daily basis, then immediately take a lap around the track and do 20 pull-ups,” said Slankard. “If a member of the team couldn’t do one pull-up then the entire team had to assist that member in completing their set.

“The remainder of the challenge included more laps, pushing a Humvee, a tire flip, and carrying a dummy on a stretcher. After those additional laps and challenges, the team had one minute to write down as many items they could remember from the item set in the beginning.”

The challenge was timed and the winners were announced two days later, during the Police Retreat Ceremony, adding to the suspense for those that competed.

“The coolest event for me personally was the Defender challenge,” said Cicchirillo. “It’s like an obstacle course were teams competed against one another with the fastest team being the winner.”

Like many service members, Cicchirillo has a competitive personality, but the events highlighted the importance of teamwork.

“The idea behind many of the events was to emphasize teamwork, for Airmen to work together and support each other,” said Slankard.

The emphasis on teamwork, during this week, was especially uplifting, said Slankard. It reminded Airmen that while law enforcement may, at times, seem a difficult job - it is not a thankless one.

“You get to work with some amazing people, who motivate and inspire you, and to work for something bigger than yourself,” said Slankard.

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