On January 9th, 2015, Concerns of Police Suvivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) and partnering organizations will unite 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 we recognize the difficult career they have chosen, in public service to us all.
What we often don't see is the toll that individuals in law enforcement take to keep our community 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 the armed forces, where you will find these kinds of statistics.
On January 9th, I am calling the City of McPherson to action in support of law enforcement. I encourage all McPherson residents who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement to take time on Friday to show support.
You can show your support in a number of ways:
See a police officer? Thank a police officer.
Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement
Send an encouraging card to McPherson Police Department, McPherson County Sheriff's Office or the Kansas Highway Patrol or Bureau of Investigation
Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media
Ask your kids to write letters in support of law enforcement
Participate in Project Blue Light. Proudly display a blue porch/front window light.
Share this announcement on your social media pages.