Decatur Police Department observes National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
DECATUR - The Decatur Police Department, along with law enforcement agencies across the nation and Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., will observe National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on January 9.
The public is encouraged to show their support of law enforcement officers during this day of appreciation. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers serve the nation's communities each day, with 126 territorial, tribal, local, state and federal officers losing their lives in the line of duty in 2014, a 24 percent increase from 2013. A NLEOMF report states that firearms-related incidents were the leading cause of death among police officers in 2014, claiming 50 lives.
The public is encouraged to show their support for law enforcement officers in several ways, such as thanking a police officer for their service if you see one, and wearing blue clothing in support of law enforcement. You can also send a card in support of your local police department or state agency, and residents are encouraged to share positive law enforcement experiences on social media.