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Orange County News
For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher Borek
Friday, January 10, 2020 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler, County Executive Neuhaus,
Sheriff DuBois, and the Fraternal Order of Police Recognize
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Annual Nationwide Campaign to Support Police Officers
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler; Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois; and Mike McGinn, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Jason Conklin Memorial Lodge 957, issued a statement recognizing Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD). LEAD is an annual nationwide day of support for police officers, established by the organization Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS). This year’s LEAD will occur on Thursday, January 9, 2020.
All of Orange County’s citizens are encouraged to show their support for our police officers.
“Police officers risk their lives every day, to serve us,” said District Attorney Hoovler, “and all too frequently they lose their lives or suffer significant injury in that service. We count on police officers for safety and, often, even our lives. But for many, the sacrifices of police officers are ignored, in favor of advancing political agendas that seek to blame police officers in those extremely rare cases where their duty to all of us requires them to use force. Rather than unfairly putting police officers under a microscope, we should be supporting them, every day, not just on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. I urge Orange County’s citizens on January 9 to show their support for our men and women who, for us, daily put on uniforms of blue, and black, and gray, and green.”
“Law Enforcement Appreciation Day provides another opportunity for all of us to support law enforcement,” Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said. “Orange County is proud to stand with law enforcement and we will continue to work closely with these men and women who put their lives at risk every day to keep our communities safe. I urge residents to support law enforcement today and every day.”
“Our men and women in law enforcement do a difficult and demanding job every day to keep our villages, towns, cities, and county safe, maintaining order and protecting the members of our communities from malicious violence and crime,” said Sheriff DuBois. “Please take the time to express gratitude to all Sheriff’s Deputies and Police Officers on January 9th for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.”
“The Fraternal Order of Police encourages the members of all communities in Orange County to express their appreciation to the men and women of law enforcement that work tirelessly every day to keep you and your families safe,” said Mr. McGinn.
The LEAD organizers at COPS have suggested several ways that citizens may show their support for police officers:
• Change their profile pictures on social media to the .jpg image provided at www.facebook.com/nationalcops.
• Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement.
• Send a card of support to their local police departments or state police agencies.
• Share a story on social media about a positive law enforcement experience.
• Ask children in their communities to write letters in support of law enforcement.
• Participate in Project Blue Light, by proudly displaying a blue light in support of law enforcement.
• Organize an event or a rally in support of their law enforcement officers.
• Advertise their support through local media outlets or billboards.
• Post a public service announcement supplied by COPS to their organization’s webpage or social media pages.
• Most importantly, if they see a police officer, thank a police officer.
For further information about Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, please visit the COPS website at https://www.nationalcops.org/lead.html.