Jan. 9 event set to counter negativity towards law enforcement

facebook with flagThank a police officer

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) and partnering organizations will unite on Jan. 9 in support of law enforcement officers nationwide to promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.).

In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all.

Can you imagine going to work each day and wondering if you’ll survive your shift and see your family that night? Most people can’t. But in law enforcement, this is a fact of life. Each day 780,000 police officers across the country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. Yet, they go to work anyway. Being a law enforcement officer is not just a job, it is a calling. The pay is low, the hours can be terrible, and there is sometimes little appreciation for what you do. Yet, they do it anyway.

What the public doesn’t see is the toll law enforcement takes to keep our communities safe. On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year, 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year, and over 300 officers commit suicide each year. There is no other profession in the world, except possibly the military, where you will find these kinds of statistics.

On January 9th, we call our nation’s citizens to action in support of law enforcement. Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged take time on Friday, January 9th to show their support. Our citizens can show their support in a number of ways:

  • Change your profile picture on social media to the .jpg image attached to this event (and within this article)
  • See a police officer? Thank a police officer
  • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement
  • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency
  • Share a positive story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media
  • Ask children in your community write letters in support of law enforcement
  • Participate in Project Blue Light. Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.
  • Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers
  • Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards
  • Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your law enforcement’s webpage or social media pages
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  • Raven Gordon

    Sheriff Clemmons has been a blessing, in my view, here, I just wish those under him would be more like the man I have had conversations and discussions with. The thing I find hard is, he tries so much then he doesn’t get co-operation, from what I have seen, from most magistrates and those in the local justice system above him who should have his back! There is need for still so much more needed change here but baby steps,one step at a time…

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