Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

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2020 DateJanuary 9, 2020
2021 DateJanuary 9, 2021
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day History

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was created to celebrate police officers. It's a day to thank them for the public service they provide and to show support. It is also a time to commemorate the officers that have died in the line of duty.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Facts

  • As of 2018, there are over 900,000 sworn police officers serving in the United States. Approximately 12% are female.
  • According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), for the ten year period of 2008-2017, the main cause of death of police officers was gunshots. The second one was auto crashes. 1511 police officers died in the line of duty during said period.
  • The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a public safety officer in the United States. The awardees are posted here.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • In 1989, during the holiday season, Dolly Craig put two blue candles in her living room window. The purpose was to commemorate her son-in-law, Daniel Gleason, who died in the line of duty, and her daughter, Daniel's wife, who died in a car accident in 1989. The idea was adopted by C.O.P.S (Concerns of Police Survivors) under the name Project Blue Light. You can take part by placing a blue light on your window during the holiday season to commemorate fallen officers.
  • Watch a police movie. From infiltration films like Donnie Brasco (1997) and The Departed (2006), to detective films like Se7en (1995) and comedies like Hot Fuzz (2007).
  • Wear blue.
  • If you see a law enforcement officer, thank them for their service.
  • If you have a positive story involving law enforcement, share it on social media.


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