On January 4th, 2016

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

On January 9th, Thank a Law Enforcement Officer

1-4-2016_12-26-34_PMAt California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Local Lodge 77, we know the challenges and risks that our law enforcement members face each and every day and that is why we are helping to get the word out about January 9, 2016 - National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

"A simple 'thank you' is all it takes to make a law enforcement officer's day," said CSLEA FOP Lodge 77 President & State Trustee Alan Barcelona.  "Law enforcement officers work long days and nights keeping our communities safe and truly care about the safety of others, total strangers, for that matter.  They spend traditional days off and holidays away from their families protecting and serving their communities.  A thumbs up, a smile, a 'bravo,' it will put a smile on a cop's face."

Also helping to spread the word about National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is National FOP President Chuck Canterbury.  “I am calling on all Americans in every region of the country to support the FOP National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Saturday, January 9, 2016, ” said Canterbury.  “You hear it said all the time–ours is a thankless job, but it doesn’t have to be.  Everyone knows of an encounter, a brief moment, or simple thank you that brightened up their day.  This also true of police, so this January 9th let’s make an effort to make sure these brave men and women know they are appreciated for all that they do for us.”

The California and National  Fraternal Order of Police urge members, families and friends to “back the blue” as well as visit and like the National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’s Facebook page.  How can you show your appreciation?

Change your profile picture on social media to support law enforcement.

See a police officer? Thank a police officer.

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 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.

Organize an event or rally in support of your law enforcement officers.

Advertise your support through local media outlets or billboards.

Post this video or flyer  to your law enforcement’s webpage or social media pages

“Every day, police officers show up to work and put their lives on the line for us and not all of them always get home.  Two simple words: thank you,” Canterbury said.  “They cost nothing and mean a great deal.  Thank a cop on January 9th.”

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 330,000 members.

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