Op IMPACT Military Police Unit pays tribute to fallen law enforcement members

Group of soldiers stand at attention. America flag visible in background.
American and Canadian military police pay their respects to law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice during US-led Police Week in Mid-May 2017. Canadian military police wear red berets, as do military police of many NATO and Commonwealth nations. Photo: Joint Task Force – Iraq Public Affairs.

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By Maj Paul Doucette, Joint Task Force – Iraq Public Affairs Officer

In mid-May, the Joint Task Force-Iraq Military Police Unit (MPU) on Operation IMPACT joined forces with other international Coalition military police for the US-led Police Week, a series of events organized to pay respects to law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This deployed version of Police Week took place at a US installation near Camp Canada, the headquarters for Joint Task Force – Iraq. Events included police dog demonstrations, a memorial 5-km run, and a softball game.

“When asked by our US colleagues if we wanted to participate, it was a no-brainer,” said the Commanding Officer of the Canadian MPU. “We have a great relationship with the US Military Police units over here. We work together and we remember together.”

The week culminated with a parade that paid tribute to fallen MPs, Force Protection, Security Forces, and Government Law Enforcement Officials who have been killed while on deployed operations. Mentioned in this special tribute were Corporal Matthew Dinning and Corporal Randy Payne from the Canadian Forces Military Police (Close Protection), who were both killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2006.

Police Week was proclaimed originally by US President John F. Kennedy in 1962, who also designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in the US.

Operation IMPACT supports the Global Coalition’s work to improve Iraqi security forces capabilities and to defeat Daesh.

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