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Kicking Off Police Week: Local Officers Face Off In Memorial Hockey Game

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Members of our local law enforcement faced off in a game of hockey Friday night to kick off the 14th annual Police Week. 

The week-long event is organized by the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Memorial Association (STLEMA) every spring. 

The Memorial Hockey Game, which took place at the Ice House Sports Complex in Binghamton, is the first out of a number of events scheduled from now through May 4th. 

Police Week is dedicated to honoring local law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty and raising money for their families.

"In our line of work, in law enforcement, it's unfortunately an inevitable fact that officers are going to die in the line of duty, when that happens the families of those officers need support, not just emotional support but also financial support and that's what we're all about," said Tim Holland, a police officer with the Ithaca Police Department who played in the hockey game. 

Part of the money raised also goes towards scholarships offered to criminal justice students attending local community colleges in the Southern Tier.

All events are open to the public and provide an opportunity for the community to meet officers from local law enforcement agencies.