Rafferty Urges Pennsylvanians to Recognize January 9 As National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) is urging Pennsylvanians to show their support local law enforcement officers on January 9th by celebrating National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D).

“While state residents should recognize the bravery, courage, honor and integrity shown by our nation’s law enforcement officers every day, this one day is set aside every year to demonstrate how much we value their service,” Rafferty said.  “It’s an opportunity to say thank you to those who protect us and put their lives on the line every day.”

Rafferty said that on January 9, the National Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) encourages the public to show support for the more than 900,000 law enforcement officers in America.

“There are a number of ways to show support on National Law Enforcement Day, – from changing your social media profile picture to posting a story about a positive law enforcement experience or simply saying thank you to your local police,” Rafferty said.  “Even though L.E.A.D. occurs one day per calendar year, it’s important to show officers our support 365 days a year.”

Rafferty urged residents to consider changing their profile picture on social media to the .jpg image provided at www.facebook.com/nationalcops.

In 2014, an officer involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri sparked C.O.P.S. to implement the first L.E.A.D.  Rafferty said January 9 was chosen as a day to encourage citizens to do something special for their community’s peacekeepers and take the time to show their appreciation and has been celebrated every year since..

“This year, with the heightened awareness of the dangers our police officers face, it’s important to recognize this day and stand in support of our men and women in blue,” He said.   “If nothing else, thank an officer for his or her service. It will make a difference.”

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