On New Years Day, two Lewisburg West Virginia police officers were shot after pulling over a pick up truck that had two dead bodies in the rear compartment covered by mattresses. The officers weren’t shot by the suspect in the pick up, they were shot by the suspects father who pulled alongside the officers and opened fire during their traffic stop.
In the first five days of 2015, seven law enforcement officers have been shot and wounded across our nation.
In St Paul, Minn., an officer was shot in the face; in Richmond, Va., an officer was shot ; Albuquerque, N.M., an officer was shot during a traffic stop and in the Bronx, two more NYPD officers were shot trying to stop a bank robbery. The good news: these officers are all expected to survive.
The bad news: this trend highlights how dangerous law enforcement is or has become with more than one officer shot per day, yet it hasn’t made a blip on the national news media spotlight.
On Jan. 9, 2015, Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) and partnering organizations are coming together to combat the “blue racism” that has been perpetuated by some in our nation. These organizations will unite in support of law enforcement officers nationwide to promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.)
Law enforcement is a dangerous and sometimes deadly job that most people can’t wrap their heads around. Few can even imagine going to work each day and wondering if you’ll survive your shift and see your family that night? But in law enforcement, this is a fact of life.
Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge and answer the call of those in need. Many of these calls are extremely dangerous, yet they respond out of a code of honor and bravely. When others would choose to run away, those that wear blue run into the breach.
The cost: 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. There is no other profession in the world, except possibly the military, where you will find these kinds of statistics.
Jan. 9, is an opportunity for all in our nation to show there support for those that wear blue. The masses of good citizens should push back against this wave of “blue racism” being perpetuated by those that have a stake on retaining power via maintaining divisiveness.
On Friday, Jan. 9, to show their support, citizens:
- Change your profile picture on social media to the image shown below
- See a police officer? Thank a police officer
- 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 your blue light in support of law enforcement
- Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers
- Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards
- Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your law enforcement’s webpage or social media pages