Police Week 2017

A Legacy of Honor
National Police Week 2017

ICE honors fallen heroes during Police Week

Throughout the month of May, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) joins its law enforcement partners throughout the country to honor and pay tribute to those officers and agents who have made the ultimate sacrifice to make our nation and all her citizens safer and more secure.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events including the annual Blue Mass, Police Unity Tour, and Candlelight Vigil.

This year holds special significance for ICE, as the agency is honoring the life and service of two fallen heroes: Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent J. Scott McGuire and Enforcement and Removal Operations Deportation Officer Brian P. Beliso.

Blue Mass commences National Police Week events in Washington, DC

Blue Mass commences National Police Week events in Washington, DC

Hundreds of law enforcement officers in uniform stood together in a wall of blue at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington May 2 for the 23rd Annual Blue Mass, kicking off the events of this year’s National Police Week.

Standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow officers in that wall, ICE leadership honored fallen law enforcement officers from ICE and federal, state and local partners nationwide during the Mass.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly, ICE Acting Director Thomas D. Homan, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Executive Associate Director Peter T. Edge and Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) Executive Associate Director Matthew Albence represented ICE at the Mass. Law enforcement officers and officials from other Department of Homeland Security components, federal agencies, and state and local jurisdictions joined ICE leadership.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop and leader of the Washington Archdiocese’s 620,000 Catholics, celebrated the Mass. The ceremony focused on prayer and special remembrance for officers who have fallen, and words of support for those in law enforcement and fire safety service.

A massive American flag hung from two fire ladder trucks in front of the church, officers on horseback, a pipe and drum corps unit, honor guard, bagpipers and the playing of taps marked the solemnity and grandeur of the occasion.

The names of law enforcement officers lost in 2017 read during the Mass included two members of the ICE family: ERO Deportation Officer Brian P. Beliso and HSI Special Agent J. Scott McGuire.

ICE will remember and honor both men at private family events and at the ICE Police Week Ceremony at 2 p.m. May 12 at headquarters in Washington.

Remembering Brian Beliso
Remembering Brian Beliso

End of Watch: Brian Beliso

The San Francisco, California, ERO Field Office lost a team member and brother June 8, 2016.

Deportation Officer Brian P. Beliso died while on duty and deployed as part of an ERO fugitive operations team.

Described by those who knew him as a kind, giving, intelligent, hardworking, dedicated and compassionate person, Officer Beliso treated his colleagues at ICE with a generosity of spirit.

Officer Beliso worked at ERO for 9 years and was known for having a solid work ethic. He regularly stayed at work after hours to finish assignments and made himself available whenever needed. His commitment to duty shone in his passion for work. Colleagues remember his “warrior mentality.” He never complained during stressful training, harsh work conditions or the monotony and rigors of government employment and maintained a calm demeanor in difficult circumstances.

Despite the challenging circumstances deportation officers can encounter, Officer Beliso brought positive energy and encouragement to his peers. His colleagues counted on him for a laugh or smile to brighten their days or keep morale high. ERO San Francisco Deputy Field Office Director Polly E. Kaiser said, “The profound void Brian has left in our lives has never been so evident as when we stop and realize that if Brian were here, he would be the one consoling and comforting us through our tragic loss.”

Officer Beliso valued his family above all else. He relished showing pictures and videos of his children to colleagues and sharing stories about their family activities. His joy of family dominated his life.

Kaiser wonders if Officer Beliso realized how much he was appreciated at ERO San Francisco: “Brian was a very humble man and I don’t think he ever realized how many people truly loved working with him and having the privilege of having known him. He meant so much to his ICE family.”

Remembering J. Scott McGuire
Remembering J. Scott McGuire

Remembering J. Scott McGuire

As thousands of law enforcement officers prepare to travel to Washington D.C., for the 2017 National Police Week, one of the most anticipated, yet solemn events will be the annual candlelight vigil held at the National Mall.

The vigil will be a moment to formally dedicate fallen officers whose names were freshly engraved on the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. One of the names that will be dedicated to the sacred wall this year is HSI New Orleans Special Agent J. Scott McGuire.

Special Agent McGuire tragically lost his life on Jan. 24, 2016, following injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident in Miami Beach, Florida. “Special Agent McGuire made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty for our nation. We lost one of our best agents and a dear friend, and much more significantly the McGuire family lost a devoted and loving husband, father, son and brother,” said HSI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Ray Parmer. “Scott’s service to his country can never be repaid, nor his family’s loss replaced, but we can continue to honor his memory by striving to achieve the tremendous level of dedication he demonstrated in protecting our society and way of life.”

For SAC Parmer and others who knew Special Agent McGuire, he personified the can-do, creative and collaborative spirit of HSI. His work ethic and wonderful nature continue to inspire not only the men and women of HSI New Orleans, but the agency at large. Nowhere was that inspiration more evident than in his final act of selflessness where Special Agent McGuire gave others a chance to live by being an organ donor.

Over the past 16 months since his passing, Special Agent McGuire’s impact has been felt throughout the agency. In May 2016, HSI New Orleans along with its Department of Homeland Security counterparts held a dedication ceremony to rename the DHS New Orleans Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) office in his honor. This year, HSI Special Agent Ellen Pierson dedicated her annual Honor Roll memorial bike ride in memorial of Special Agent McGuire.

Special Agent McGuire left behind his wife Suzy and son Finn. His name will now be permanently engraved for all to see and his memory will live forever.

Police Unity Tour

From April 30 to May 12, HSI Tampa Special Agent Ellen Pierson participated in a memorial bike ride to pay tribute to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, and the families they left behind. The first leg of the trip, the Honor Roll, began in New Orleans, Louisiana. The seven-day journey covered more than 700 miles and took Pierson and the approximately 20 riders with her along the Natchez Trace Parkway arriving Nashville, Tennessee, on May 6. On May 10, Pierson joined the Law Enforcement United Ruff Ride in Cumberland, Maryland, to honor fallen K-9 officers as they made their way to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The Office of Public Affairs provided daily updates on her progress as she made her way to Washington, D.C.

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Candlelight Vigil

29th Annual Candlelight Vigil

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Peace Officer's Memorial Service

Director Homan and families of fallen officers laying roses at the NLEOM wall for Police Week

Honor Guard

During National Police Week each year in May, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) joins its law enforcement partners throughout the country to pay tribute to fallen officers and special agents who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and security of Americans.

ICE’s official National Honor Guard stands proud as an important part of these efforts.

As National Honor Guard members, in addition to honoring the fallen, they have represented the agency at formal events and ceremonies often at a moment’s notice, leaving lifelong impressions on families and loved ones during their difficult time.

Watch this video to learn more about ICE’s National Honor Guard’s mission.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/02/2017