HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - January 9 has been named National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
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, according to Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. and partnering organizations.
Local agencies have taken to social media to raise awareness and show appreciation.The Horry County Sheriff's Office shined "blue lights" on the home of an area E-911 dispatcher.
"It's [an effort] that's been in circulation online to show your support for local law enforcement," said Sgt. Benton with the sheriff's office.
Friday, the Coastal Carolina Shields are spearheading an event in recognition of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Beginning at 3 p.m., you're asked to wear blue and visit your local police station.
"Wear blue, make signs thanking them! Feel free to make cards for them or a letter!" the sheriff's office shared.
Other ways to show your appreciation:
• Change your profile picture on social media to the attached image
• Wear blue clothing 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. Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.
According to DC.gov:
Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. 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 possibly the military, where you will find these kinds of statistics.