Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Today, the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINNA) and other partnering organizations are promoting National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.).
With all of the negativity directed towards law enforcement nationally, the FBINNA wanted a way for citizens to acknowledge the challenging and sometimes impossible career law enforcement officers have chosen to keep the public safe.
780,000 police officers all around the nation wake up each morning and put on their badge, unaware if they will be back home that evening to see their family. They only know that day, they may face extremely dangerous situations that could seriously injure them or take their life. Knowing all of that, and these officers still show up to work every day, ready to keep others safe even at the cost of their own life.
Some say being a police officer is a calling. The pay is low and the hours are terrible making it difficult to spend quality time with their family members, and definitely not enough considering the high risks of their job. Yet, they still show up to work every day.
The FBINNA wants to public to know what officers go through to keep their communities safe. Between 105 and 203 officers die every year in the line of duty. 50,000 officers are assaulted, 14,000 officers are injured and 300 officers commit suicide every year. The only other profession in the world with these statistics would possibly be the military.
Without law enforcement, the public would be in disarray and America would be much more dangerous for everyone. Imagine if after a car crash, an assault, a break in or any other dangerous situation, you had no one to call.
Although police officers rarely receive appreciation for what they do, they are always there keeping us safe. Use this day, Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, to show your support for what officers do for us all over the country.
If you are grateful, here are ways you can show your support:
- Change your profile picture on social media to the L.E.A.D. graphic.
- See a police officer? Thank a police officer.
- Wear blue clothing to spread awareness 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 to write letters in support of law enforcement.
- Participate in Project Blue Light and 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.
Let your police officers know you appreciate them and the sacrifices they make to keep us all safe. Be thankful for all they do to be sure we have someone to call when we are in danger.
- Written by admin