National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day today, Jan. 9

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RBC | Jan. 9 of each year is set aside as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. This day reminds citizens to recognize and thank the men and women who protect and serve our communities on a daily basis. National L.E.A.D. was started by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), a non-profit organization founded in 1984 to assist the family members and survivors of Law Enforcement Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Your participation and support of this day is appreciated and only requires a little effort. If you see Law Enforcement Officers in your travels, make it a point to walk up to them and thank them for their service. Other things you might do if you choose include:

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

As a member of our community, be creative and be positive. Your support is welcome and appreciated throughout the year but particularly on this day.