OSI hosts joint Police Week wreath laying ceremony at Russell-Knox Building

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  • By Mr. James C. Dillard
  • OSI Public Affairs
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations hosted a Police Week wreath laying ceremony in conjunction with agency counterparts here at the Russell-Knox Building May 13.

The event was the first of its kind held at the RKB, and was attended by nearly 300 people, including family members of OSI's fallen.

Leadership representatives from OSI, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Defense Security Service and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command were on hand to place the memorial wreaths at the base of the flag poles in front of the RKB.

Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Jacobsen, OSI commander, spoke to the crowd about the more than 900,000 law enforcement members who put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others.

"Today we take the time to honor and respect those who stand ready to serve justice and maintain order throughout our great country," Jacobsen said. "We're here to recall the courage and sacrifice they have made in the line of duty."

Jacobsen pointed out how more than 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. Part of the ceremony was a reading of an "end of watch" list that included the names of each agency's fallen who died in the line of duty. Each agency read their respective fallen members' names.

"As we read the names of our fallen heroes - and reflect on their legacies - we are reminded that our safety and security often comes at a significant price," Jacobsen said. "By continuing to courageously execute our missions, both in garrison and deployed, we honor our fallen comrades and carry on their legacies. Let us celebrate how these men and women lived and always remember their brave and heroic sacrifices."

To download the program from the event, which includes the "end of watch" list, http://www.osi.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130514-068.pdf. To learn more about Police Week, visit the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund's website http://www.nleomf.org/programs/policeweek/?gclid=CN7_1fGGlrcCFQua4AodAU4AiQ