• Yesterday Was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day — So What About Today?

    Surge Summary: Thursday was “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day”. Too many Americans take our Law Enforcement forces for granted. Their job puts their lives on the line every day. It’s time to appreciate that and let them know it.

    [Thursday was] National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.  Let’s hope that 2020 turns out to be a better year for law enforcement appreciation than 2019.

    Sadly, there is a growing phenomenon of police officer assassinations.  As 2019 was coming to a close, Officer Stephen Carr was shot ten times while sitting in his parked patrol vehicle.

    Deputy Sheriff Chris Dickerson was the last officer killed in the line of duty last year.  He was making a traffic stop in Gary City, Texas, in the early morning hours of December 31st when he was shot six times.

    Unfortunately, one officer has already been killed this year.  Officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler was gunned down Sunday attempting to make a traffic stop at the Florence Regional Airport in Florence, South Carolina.

    Politicians in urban areas often seem more interested in courting the progressive mob rather than supporting the officers on the Thin Blue Line.  It’s not going very well for them.  While I’m all for second chances, being weak on crime only hurts innocent people, most often the minority communities progressive politicians claim they’re trying to help.

    For example, New York’s recent bail reforms, pushed by the progressive left, are coming under serious scrutiny.  California’s criminal reform efforts have led to a surge of thefts and vandalism.  Baltimore continues to struggle with a horrendous murder rate.

    Thankfully there aren’t that many jobs in America where a man or woman leaves home in the morning never knowing if it is the last time they will hug their spouse and kids.  But for many law enforcement officers and other first responders, that’s what they live with each and every day.

    The only time we hear about the police is when they have done something wrong or dramatically captured a criminal.  But there are more than 10 million arrests every year.  That’s more than 27,000 arrests every day, and 99% of those are for the good of society.

    In the overwhelming majority of cases when a police officer takes a life, it is justified.  But I marvel whenever I see celebrities who lament having to speak to their children about how they have to interact with police.

    Being respectful to the police shouldn’t be a burden.  In fact, I think every family should have that conversation.  All of us should be teaching our children to respect the law and the people who enforce the law.

    Sadly, the only way to overcome this growing disrespect for law enforcement, especially among young people who are being taught that the police are bad, may be to go a week without cops.  If that happened, I am confident that Americans generally, and young women especially, would have a new appreciation for the police.

    So, if you see a police officer today, say, “Thank you.”  Post a short note of thanks on social media to the police department in your community.

    Police have been given ugly notes or have been denied service at various stores.  If you see an officer in a restaurant today, give them a note saying how much you appreciate them or offer to pay for their bill.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: By GoBlue85 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40704845

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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