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Jan. 9 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is Tuesday, January 9th

If you have a law enforcement officer as a friend or family member, National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 is the perfect time to show officers we understand how difficult their job is. It’s important to show officers how much we understand their difficult work and appreciate their sacrifice and risk.

In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally there is a need to show public safety officers that citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen in public service. These dedicated men and women deserve respect and admiration for their daily efforts to make our communities safe places to live, work and raise a family. 

To promote awareness of support for law enforcement on L.E.A.D., consider showing support on your social media outlets. Perhaps change your profile photo to a badge or a thin blue line logo. And you can wear blue on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day to show support. Not everyone knows a police officer personally, so social media is a good place to start making a difference.

Seminole County citizens can show their support in a number  of additional ways:

• Change your profile picture on social media to the image provided at

• Send a card of support to your local police department and Sheriff and State Patrol  offices.

• 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.

Why we love National 

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

It’s a chance to see law enforcement personnel in another light. For most of us, our only interaction with law enforcement occurs when the officer asks us through our driver’s side window for our license and registration. But being an officer is about far more than handing out traffic tickets. National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is a great time to think about all of unselfish work that officers do to help people too. (And, technically, when the officer is handing you a ticket, he or she is helping others be safe from your poor driving … not that such thoughts are top of mind at the time.)

It’s a chance to thank someone

for doing an often thankless job.

Even though we should thank law enforcement officers more often than we do, we can at least use L.E.A.D. as a good reminder to do so. Verbal thanks are always welcome, as is picking up the tab when you see officers eating lunch at a local restaurant.

History of National

 Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

For a while the United States’ idea of law enforcement was fairly loose. The Wild West was, well, wild. And most states and cities didn’t consider emergency services like fire fighters and police officers to be necessary until much later than most would think. In fact, the mid 1800s, most law enforcement was carried out in the form of posse comitatus, where the sheriff and a posse of volunteers and deputies (much like the stereotypical Westerns of the 1960s) would enforce laws rather than a centralized police force. 

Once the 20th century rolled around most larger cities, counties, and states had developed a centralized police or sheriff’s department. In doing so, most of the country slowly started to see a reduction in the “Wild West” and a more tame and domesticated America, despite many of the newly formed local authorities needing to pick sides in a rise of unionizing laborers going on strike. 

Whether its civil unrest, labor strikes, huge sporting events, or just helping a cat get down from a tree, law enforcement officers are a critical part of our lives, woven into the everyday fabric of living in America. They keep our neighborhoods safe and help ensure that whatever it is you need to do, you can do with peace of mind. 

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