by Anna Ferraro
It’s here again – a day that’s growing as a national movement to honor the men and women that daily give of themselves to serve our communities. Tuesday, January 9th brings us Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) 2018, and the question is, what are you doing for L.E.A.D. this year?
Every day, law enforcement officers serve sacrificially – often in dangerous or complicated situations – so that civilians can live peacefully and safely, without fear of crime and violence. These officers deserve our deepest thanks and respect. However, in the news, they are often targeted and ostracized. And that’s where L.E.A.D. comes in.
According to Heather Cotter, of www.policeone.com, “every January 9th, the National Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) encourages everyone to show support for the more than 900,000 law enforcement officers in America. National L.E.A.D. is a way to show the men and women in blue how much we value them.”
The website www.nationalcops.org provided some ideas for local individuals to participate in L.E.A.D. Check out the options:
• Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement.
• Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency.
• Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media.
• Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement.
• Participate in Project Blue Light – Proudly display a blue light in your neighborhood 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 organization’s webpage or social media pages.
And we’ll add a few more…
• Thank every police officer you see for their service to our community.
• Go like and follow the Jacksonville Police Department on Facebook!
These small, but meaningful tokens of gratefulness are things that civilians could and should give each day, not just on the national day to honor police officers and other servicemen. Every hour of every day, and every day of the year, police officers serve our community. That means, for every hour of every day, they deserve our deepest thanks, our wholehearted support, and our sincerest prayers.