American Experiment honors national law enforcement appreciation day

From the time of our founding, George Washington observed that “[t]he administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.” Of course, it is the people who work within the American justice system that make it the gold standard worldwide and the benchmark for free countries seeking justice on behalf of their citizens.

Yesterday, we celebrated the men and women who serve our nation as law enforcement professionals who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. During these tumultuous times, please consider showing your appreciation for law enforcement at every opportunity, not only on Jan. 9. When my son was in elementary school, he was asked to send a letter to someone he admires. Without prompting, he sent a short, one-page letter to an officer in our small town. A couple weeks later, the officer offered a personal response. Our son was elated as he read the letter with a new understanding that simply saying “thank you” to the people who care for us can mean so much.

We should strive to recognize the contributions of law enforcement officers more often, letting them know they have our full support to do their jobs. The internet is full of ideas; here are a few suggestions:

  • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement.
  • 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.
  • Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement.
  • Participate in Project Blue Light – Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.

There is no time off when it comes to keeping our communities safe. Our gratitude for those who do it shouldn’t either.

(photo: Police Week 2013 – Procession)