Say thank you to police on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Contact:

Andy Skoogman/MCPA Executive Director
[email protected]
651-485-7667

Woodbury, MN - The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) is encouraging all Minnesotans to show their support for their local police officers today on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which is being recognized by several law enforcement and citizens’ organizations, including Concerns of Police Survivors and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

This past year was particularly devastating for the law enforcement community. Mendota Heights Police officer Scott Patrick was one of 126 officers killed in the line of duty, and violent, ambush-style attacks on law enforcement officers increased.

In 2014, fifteen officers nationwide were killed in ambush assaults, including Officer Patrick, matching 2012 for the highest total since 1995.

On average, a U.S. law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours. More than 50,000 officers are assaulted, and more than 15,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year.

“Few professions carry such risks as law enforcement,” said MCPA Executive Director Andy Skoogman. “ We believe it’s important to show the brave men and women of law enforcement that we are grateful for their willingness to risk their lives to protect ours.”

Several recent tragic incidents nationwide, notably in Ferguson, MO and New York City, have resulted in increased scrutiny and criticism of law enforcement’s community relations and tactics.

However, the MCPA hopes today is day where Minnesotans remember the great work that police officers do everyday in a very difficult, stressful and challenging profession.

Here are several things you can do:

  • Change your profile picture on social media to the jpg image provided at http://www.facebook.com/nationalcops
  • Wear blue clothing
  • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency
  • Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media
  • Shine a blue light in your house

Most importantly, if you see a police officer, say thank you.