National Police Week

Police parade, ways to celebrate National Police WeekThis week is National Police week, a special time to honor those who have given their lives in the service and protection of others. It is also an opportunity for the community to show their support for all of the sacrifice and hard work that their local law enforcement officers put into the job each and every day. This is a great time for students, school officials, parents and the community at large to recognize their local police officers; although many aren’t sure just how to do so.

Often times, people want to show their appreciation but they are not sure where to start, especially if their community doesn’t have any formal celebration to honor their local police. Today we offer some ideas to share with friends, family and your community to show them how they can honor National Police Week and support law enforcement officials across the country.

Simple Ideas to Celebrate National Police Week

  • Thank an officer

    This simple act of kindness and respect can sometimes make the difference in a police officer’s day. So often it is a thankless job and much of the interaction between the police and the community is framed around negative events; from a minor traffic ticket to a major crime. Simply letting an officer that you are thankful for their service to the community can go a long way.

  • Wear blue and/or display blue

    The color blue is usually used to represent police and other law enforcement officials and so many proudly wear blue uniforms as a part of their job.  Proudly display blue ribbons, blue lights or blue flags on your home or business to show that you support National Police Week. Wear blue shirts or ribbons to show that you care.

  • Schedule a tour

    For schools or youth groups, a tour of a local police department can create a positive moment in a child’s life. Allowing them “insider” access to the police and the police station can highlight the positive role that law enforcement plays in their community. This experience can also teach children at an early age how to be a good citizen and the importance of obeying the law.

  • Share a positive story

    Police officers are often unsung heroes, although they exhibit feats of kindness and compassion every day. If you have a positive experience tell the world by posting a thank you online or on social media. The majority of police officers do not enter this profession because they want recognition, they are simply here to protect and serve. A public thank you can show the community that its law enforcement officials are appreciated and respected.

  • Obey the law

    One of the best ways to show your support for law enforcement officials is to follow the laws of the land. Should you find yourself called out for an infraction of the law, treat them with respect and courtesy. These are the men and women who risk their lives everyday enforcing the laws that keep you safe.

These are simple things that anyone can do to show their support and appreciation for our law enforcement community. We invite you to share this list with friends and family to show that celebrating National Police Week can be as simple as saying thank you to all who protect and serve.

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