Letter from Fraternal Order of Police: Take time to support men & women in blue

Dear Editor:

January 9 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and the Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Lodge, is asking every Pennsylvanian to take time to support our men and women in blue. While this day has been set aside, we appreciate your support any time.

Now more than ever, we need to rally around our brave men and women in uniform. Millions of Americans appreciate law enforcement, but it’s important to set aside a special day to recognize the courage and sacrifice made daily by police officers and their families.

The statistics are truly sobering. Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. 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; and 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year.

Whether it’s on January 9 or any other day, you can show your support in a number of ways. Change your social media profile picture to one that supports law enforcement. Wear blue clothing, send a card of support to your local police department or participate in Project Blue Light by proudly displaying a blue light in support of law enforcement.

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You can even just take the time to thank a police officer when you see him or her.

On behalf of all Pennsylvania police officers, I want to thank you for your support.

Roosevelt Poplar, Vice President, Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Lodge, 2949 North Front Street, Harrisburg.