Every day, nearly 800,000 police officers around the country get up, put on a uniform and go to work. But their work is different. Their work is life and death. On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty annually, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty, 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty, and more than 300 officers commit suicide. In 2014 six Arizona officers lost their lives while on duty. Dozens more were shot at. Every day, they put their lives on the line so that we can safely go to work and to school and to the store. On behalf of the businesses in the East Valley, we want to say “thank you.”
Friday, Jan. 9, is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, a day for all of us to show law enforcement officers that we recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen. We appreciate that they work in our schools. We appreciate that they help if we’re in an accident. We appreciate that they respond when we call. We appreciate their community programs like “shop with a cop.” We appreciate the myriad of things they do behind the scenes so that we can live our lives without giving law enforcement much of a thought.
On Jan. 9 and every day, we invite you to join with us in acknowledging the bravery and sacrifices of law enforcement professionals, and show our appreciation for making our lives easier:
•Change your profile picture on social media to the jpg image provided at www.facebook.com/nationalcops
•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
•Participate in Project Blue Light – Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement
Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer.
Thank you, officers, for making our communities safer for those of us in the East Valley. We are proud to work with you.
East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance
Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce
Mesa Chamber of Commerce
Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
Chandler Chamber of Commerce
Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce
Mary Ann Miller
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
Editor’s note: The above letter was printed in the Jan. 21, 2015, issue of the East Mesa Independent newspaper.
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