law enforcement appreciation day!

This call to action goes out on January 9th of each year, to show support for law enforcement. Anyone who appreciates law enforcement and is discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement is encouraged to take time on January 9th to show their support.

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What is Law enforcement appreciation day?

It’s important to show officers how much we understand their difficult work and appreciate their sacrifice and risk.

Whether its civil unrest, labor strikes, huge sporting events, or just helping a cat get down from a tree, law enforcement officers are a critical part of our lives, woven into the everyday fabric of living in America. They keep our neighborhoods safe and help ensure that whatever it is you need to do, you can do with peace of mind. They’ve answered a call to public service that is demanding and often unappreciated.

Law Enforcement Officers of every rank and file have chosen a profession that puts their life on the line every day for their communities. Across the country on January 9th each year, citizens take the lead to show support on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. 

From local, state and federal, their duties command dedication. The jobs are often thankless and take them away from their families for long hours. Rarely do they know what their days have in store for them. Often law enforcement are the only paid emergency resource a community has. More often they work in coordination with other local, state, and federal organizations to make communities safer.

On National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, we have an opportunity to thank them for their service and offer a token of respect.

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a simple ‘thank you’ can make a big difference…

Learn about all the different ways you can make a difference and let them know you appreciate the efforts they make in your community.

The history of this day…

The day also raises awareness on the importance of understanding that the difficult decisions taken by police officers are in the best interest of citizens and the law.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was created by multiple organizations in 2015 to express their gratitude for officers in the United States. In support of their services citizens are encouraged to do their part in thanking the law enforcers on this day. One of the main organizations to take the lead in this is C.O.P.S – Concerns of Police Survivors. According to them, law enforcement officers need to be shown that the difficult career path they have chosen is recognized by the people who they protect and uphold the law for. 

This holiday was triggered by the chain of events in 2014, when a police officer was involved in a crossfire shooting in Missouri. The backlash and violence that followed this event led C.O.P.S to take the initiative to change this negative portrayal of police officers in the news in recent years into a positive one. With over 900,000 officers in the United States, the organization believes it is essential to support law enforcers during difficult times, and a holiday dedicated to them does just that. The day also raises awareness on the importance of understanding that the difficult decisions taken by police officers are in the best interest of citizens and the law.

A short video message…

Anyone who appreciates law enforcement and is discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement is encouraged to take time on January 9th to show their support.

You can just say ‘Thank you…’

There are many ways you show your support at this time, but a simple thank you can have the most profound effect.

When a citizen thanks a police officer for his or her service, that expression of gratitude recognizes those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Police officers are rarely thanked or told they are appreciated. Many officers will say that a verbal thank you is a wonderful gift and a great way to show your appreciation.

other ways to show your support

5 items that help you show support…

  • Thin Blue Line flags.
  • Thin Blue Line clothing.
  • Thin Blue Line silicone bracelets.
  • Challenge coins.
  • Thin Blue Line stickers.

Kind gestures you can do

  • Write a letter to your local newspaper thanking the police officers for their dedication to the community.
  • Put together a plate of cookies or buy a dozen doughnuts from a local bakery and take them to your local police department. Include a thank you card to be displayed by the treat.

How do you compliment a police officer?

Hands down the biggest compliment you can give is to let the officer’s supervisor know that you appreciated whatever the officer did. (The best way is a written note to the chief executive). Why? Because police officers rarely are ever thanked or told that they did a great job.

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