Show of support
The National organization of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), of which Georgia has a state chapter, is partnered with the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) and law enforcement associations across America on a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day scheduled for Jan. 9.
In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen in public service to us all.
Can you imagine going to work each day and wondering if you’ll survive your shift and see your family that night? There are 780,000 police officers across this country that put their badge on and go to work each day. They may face extreme dangers, yet, they go anyway. We have seen those dangers right here in our 26 county district of Middle Georgia with the loss of 74 officers. The most recent officer, Monroe County Sheriff Deputy Michael Norris. Georgia has lost over 670 officers in our history. Macon/Bibb County has lost 19 officers.
Being a law enforcement officer is not just a job, it is a calling. The pay is low, the hours can be terrible and there is sometimes little appreciation for what they do. Yet, they do it anyway. They must be professional, courteous, caring and yet be ready to protect the public at all times. They must make that life or death decision at a moment’s notice. They take a great amount of abuse at times and take it as part of the job. They do not have the liberty to express their emotions during many situations. They are the guardians of our way of life and they deserve our support.
Please join me and the nation’s citizens in support of our law enforcement community. Take time on Friday, Jan. 9 to show our appreciation and discourage the negative attention placed on them. How can you do this?
Thank a police officer.
Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency.
Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience.
Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement; send them to your local department or post them in the newspaper.
If you have, like so many people during the holiday, displayed blue lights in your windows; leave them up through Jan. 9 to send a message of support.
Advertise your support in local media outlets and billboards.
-- Brenda Parker