Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler; Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois; William Worden, outgoing President of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Orange County; and other law enforcement representatives issued a statement recognizing Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.), a nationwide day of support for police officers, established by the organization Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). L.E.A.D. will occur on Mon., Jan. 9. All of Orange County’s citizens are encouraged to show their support for police officers.
“These are trying times for police officers, men and women who selflessly dedicate their careers to the security of the public, and who daily risk their lives and their safety to protect us all. Despite their sacrifice, many in our society have advanced a false narrative designed to paint all police officers with a broad brush, improperly suggesting that police officers are bad people who do not deserve our support,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “Nothing could be further from the truth. Without the hard work, dedication, and bravery of our men and women in police uniforms, this country would be a far worse place to live. I urge everyone in Orange County to take the time on January 9th to acknowledge the efforts of our police officers.”
“Our profession is becoming increasingly dangerous to the men and women who wear a uniform, as witnessed tragically in 2016 with the increase in deliberate attacks directed at those who risk their lives to enforce the law and to keep us safe,” said William Worden, outgoing President of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Orange County. “This is completely intolerable, and we, as a society, must hold accountable anyone who targets police officers simply because they have the courage and the selflessness to wear the badge each and every day.”
“This past year has been an especially difficult one for law enforcement officers throughout the United States,” said Mike McGinn, President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Jason Conklin Memorial Lodge 957 in Monroe. “As of December 29, last year there were 138 line-of-duty deaths, 62 by gunfire, which is an alarming 59% increase over 2015. The targeted executions of police officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Austin have shocked our sensibilities and left us with a sense of abandonment by the very institutions that we have taken a solemn oath to protect.”
Ways Citizens Can Show Support
The L.E.A.D. organizers at C.O.P.S 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 C.O.P.S. to their organization’s webpage or social media pages.
- Most importantly, if they see a police officer, thank a police officer.
District Attorney Hoovler will be showing his appreciation for the work of police officers by visiting local police departments to deliver coffee and pastries. For more information about Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, visit https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/lead.html.