What is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day?
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was founded in 2015 by multiple organizations that joined together to show appreciation for officers in the United States. Celebrated on January 9th each year, this holiday encourages that citizens thank their police officers on this day in support of their services. It is important to show law enforcement officers that we recognize the difficult careers that they have chosen as a public service to protect lives and uphold the law.
This holiday was sparked by the events of 2014 after an officer was involved in a shooting in Ferguson Missouri. The violence and negativity that brewed over that event let to the organization Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S) hoping to change that. They discourage the negative attention that police officers have been getting in recent news and hope to turn the image of police officers into a positive one. There are over 900,000 law enforcement officers in the United States. It is vital to show them support during times of difficulty. This holiday helps bring awareness to the difficult decisions police officers have to make each day in the best interest of the law and the people of our county.
- Wear blue clothing in support
- Send a card or letter of support to your local police department (having kids do this is great too)
- Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media use the hashtag: #LawEnforcementAppreciationDay
- Change social media profile photo to help show your support
- Ask an officer to tell you a story about what their experience is on the job
You can always show support throughout the year. Another good way to support your local law enforcement is by donating and volunteering with your local Police Foundation.