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National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

When is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day?

National Law Enforcement day (L.E.A.D.) is celebrated on January 9th of each year.  L.E.A.D. was first observed in 2015 (United States) when several organizations came together to acknowledge and recognize law enforcement and the profession. The organizations responsible for accomplishing this undertaking include Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), among others.

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What is the motivation behind National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Back in 2014, Baltimore Maryland, Freddie Gray (Wiki) had died in Police custody resulting in a chain of events affecting the perception of law enforcement. This resulted in major civil unrest, riots, negative media attention, and a loss of trust and respect among law enforcement. The idea of this movement was to reduce the backlash and violence that followed this event because of the ongoing negative representation of law enforcement officers. The organizers wanted to change the negative perception of law enforcement officers from damaging into an encouraging outlook. L.E.A.D. wants positive videos and interactions to also be shown and broadcasted so that society knows just how valuable, helpful, and effective our law enforcement officers are.

The term “bad apple” is thrown around when speaking on behalf of the officers who wrong their communities or members. Those individuals are however the outliers to the law enforcement profession and unfortunately slip through the cracks during the hiring and training process. Under no circumstances does this represent an entire police force. There are around one (1) million officers who serve and protect their communities, with the overwhelming majority of them having a positive impact on their communities. These officers are facing difficult split-second decisions and often have the heart and safety of the community in their minds. There are countless hours of video exhibiting what police officers endure during their calls for service, demonstrating how trained and competent they are at serving their communities.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day provides us with an opportunity to come together to support the men and women who work tirelessly to make our communities a safer place. The goal is to foster positive relationships between law enforcement and the many people who are positively impacted by their service. L.E.A.D. was established to show support and recognition for all law enforcement officers who have devoted themselves to serving and protecting their communities. Citizens are encouraged to show their appreciation for those officers who are facing the many challenges in keeping our communities safe.

As society evolves, our law enforcement strategies must change with it. These dire events may result in unpredicted, dangerous, and frightening situation that we must learn from. We all know that the law enforcement profession comes with sacrifices, some of which are permanent or life enduring losses. On this day we will honor and recognize those who have fallen in the line of duty as they have made the ultimate sacrifice in keeping our families safe. National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day serves as a reminder of the invaluable role law enforcement officers play in maintaining public safety and upholding the law. This day allows us to express our gratitude and support for all that they do.

How Can I show support on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day?

There are several ways in which you can recognize and support law enforcement officers for their dedication and sacrifice.

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By Branden

Branden is a Police Lieutenant who has investigated numerous crimes. He has written and executed multiple search warrants, conducted various protective sweeps, pat frisks and exit orders. He has been involved in numerous police vehicle chases, fights, disturbances, foot pursuits, suspect/hostage negotiations and felony stops. He is trained with an assortment of weapons. He has spoken with countless victims, witnesses and suspects and is using his experience to better protect our communities and loved ones by sharing his knowledge through his writings.

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