Burns encourages support for law enforcement

I want to tell you that the National Fraternal Order of Police has partnered with C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) and law enforcement associations across the country for a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Friday, Jan. 9.


In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a call to show support to law enforcement and recognize what they go through to protect our communities.


According to C.O.P.S., on average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year, 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year, and more than 300 officers commit suicide each year.


On Jan. 9, there are several things you can do to show your support for law enforcement:


•       Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement

•       Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency

•       Share a positive story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media

•       Ask children in your community write letters in support of law enforcement

•       Participate in Project Blue Light. Proudly display a blue light in support of law enforcement.

•       Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers


You can also thank an officer when you see one. Law enforcement plays such an integral party in our society and without them, chaos would reign.