Police Celebrate Annual Event Under Soggy Skies
The NIH Police hosted its 26th Police Awareness Day on May 16, under drippy skies, which forced the event to relocate from its usual home on the front lawn of Bldg. 1 to the Bldg. 31A patio. Law enforcement representatives from 13 local, state and federal jurisdictions participated, including the Washington, D.C. Metro Transit Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Park Police, the U.S. Department of Commerce NIST Police, Amtrak Police, U.S. Department of Justice (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), U.S. Park Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police and Maryland State troopers.
National Police Week dates back to 1962, when President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The event has grown over the decades, bringing tens of thousands of law enforcement professionals from across the country to the nation’s capital for a service honoring those who have given their lives while wearing the badge. Many groups also take the opportunity to educate the communities they serve on police operations.
NIH’s observance this year included K9 demonstrations, a cookout featuring chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers and sausages, personal safety and wellness displays along Bldg. 31’s A-wing corridor and various other activities.