How You Can Help
by Kevin Caruso
Our hero police officers MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
They serve us.
They protect us.
They help us.
They risk their lives for us.
They DESERVE our support.
So let me give you some things that you can do to support your police.
One of the easiest ways that you can support your police is to show them appreciation. And a great way to do that is to send officers letters and e-mails when they have done a good job.
It is a simple thing to do. Yet it gives our heroes important feedback on the job that they are doing. Do not fall into the trap of only communicating with the police when you have a complaint. Clearly, you want to contact them whenever you do have a complaint, but you should also contact them when they are doing things right.
I have several friends in law enforcement, and I can tell you that a positive letter or e-mail is well received.
So when an officer helps you out or you see or hear of an officer performing his or her duties particularly well, let them know.
Most of all, thank them.
Officers risk their lives to protect and serve our communities, and they should be thanked.
Next, you can also write the chief of police, assistant chief, captain, supervisor and other leaders in the department giving them positive input and thanking them.
The leadership of any good department represents decades of experience in law enforcement and they help educate and set the tone for the whole department.
Bottom line: when officers are doing a great job, chances are department leaders are doing a great job.
Next, you can put up signs in your community or on your residence that read, “Support Your Police” or “We Support Our Police.” (Or something along those lines).
Another great thing to do is to organize “Support Your Police” days or events.
A “Support Your Police” day can bring awareness about the issue of police support to a community. You can designate a day, advertise it, and GO. You can also talk with community leaders to try to get a designation and assistance from them.
A “Support Your Police” day will not only positively affect the esprit de corps of your police officers, but will also inject positive energy into the entire community.
And how about this for another idea: You shake a police officer's hand and thank him or her for serving.
We oftentimes do things like that for our military heroes, and they certainly deserve our stongest levels of support. But let us not forget those who serve us in our communities.
Our hero police officers engage in battle just as our soldiers do, but the battle they fight is on our streets. When there is a serious crime, when there is gunfire, or when there is disorder they run TO the scene, while citizens flee to safety.
They fight the bad guys.
They fight to keep our children safe.
They fight to put pushers behind bars.
They fight, and fight, and fight…for us.
So shake their hands and thank them for serving.
Another idea: Get a group of people together and make some signs that read “We Support Our Police” (or something along those lines) and hold a POSITIVE Support Your Police rally in front of your police department.
That is the opposite of what you usually see.
When the police do a great job…well, that is expected. No response.
Clearly, that is not the way it should be. When they do great work we should hold a positive rally.
Hey, when there are serious problems with a department, I understand protest rallies, and citizens should have a right to voice their complaints.
I am not telling anyone to not voice complaints. Indeed, people should make their voices heard when they have complaints.
What I am saying is balance it out. Don’t ONLY complain when things are bad, and then do nothing when things are great.
That is not fair to the officers.
Now, what ideas do you have?
You are only limited by your imagination.
Support your police in the ways that are best for you.
When they do a good job, let them know.
And remind them that they are heroes…
because they are.
Founder, Executive Director, Editor-in-Chief
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