The purpose of National Police Week or Peace Officers Memorial Day is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty.
Insomuch, the White Mountain Apache Police Department has honored National Police Week to honor fallen White Mountain Apache Police Officer Tenney Gatewood Jr, P22. Officer Gatewood is honored each year as well as other fallen officers during this time. Not only our fallen officers but the White Mountain Apache Police Department in conjunction with the White Mountain Apache Tribe has also honored officers who continue to put their lives on the line in this particular week.
During such time, the White Mountain Apache Police Department has continued with some of the events at the National Agenda with some additions to include, candlelight vigils, community memorial runs and walks, memorial basketball/volleyball tournaments and school visits to promote police activity and promotional awareness.
Approximately, 500 participants include Police Department employees (Administrative staff and Police Officers), tribal leaders and community members all come together and honor our officers and the life of Fallen Officer Tenny Gatewood Jr, P-22.
The White Mountain Apache Police Department appreciates the continued support of our officers and the life of Officer Tenny Gatewood Jr, P-22.