Across the United States, on January 9, citizens will use the day, National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.), to honor and thank Law Enforcement Officers. National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day grew out of negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, according to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), an organization begun in 1984 to honor and remember fallen officers and to assist their families.
Law Enforcement Officers of every rank and file have chosen a career that puts their life on the line every day for their communities.
They’ve answered a call to public service that is demanding and often unappreciated. On National Law Enforcement Day, the community has an opportunity to thank the officers for their service and offer a token of respect.
In a number of communities, such as Front Royal, there is not an atmosphere of disrespect and distrust for law enforcement officers that sometimes occurs in other parts of the country.
Front Royal Police Chief Kahle Magalis said, “We are very fortunate to work in a community that is supportive of law enforcement. We are so appreciative that the citizens of Front Royal and Warren County are in tune with our mission. It is always refreshing to hear those words of encouragement from the public.”
On January 9th of each year citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged to take time to show their support. Citizens can show their support in a number of ways:
• Change your profile picture on social media to the .jpg image provided at www.facebook.com/nationalcops.
• 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 your blue light in support of law enforcement.
• Use the hashtag #LEAD2018 when sharing posts on social media.
Most importantly, if you see an officer, thank him or her!