History of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day


This day was founded in 2015 by multiple organizations that joined together to show appreciation for officers in the United States. One of the main organizations, Concerns of Police Survivors, encourages citizens to thank their police officers on this day in support of their services. According to C.O.P.S, they believe that there is a need to show law enforcement officers that people recognize the difficult careers that have chosen as a public service to protect lives and uphold the law.

This holiday was sparked by the events of 2014 when an officer was involved in a shooting in Ferguson, Missouri; the violence and negativity that brewed over that event led to C.O.P.S hoping to change that. They discourage the negative attention that police officers have been getting in recent news and hope to turn the image of police officers into a positive one. Because there are over 900,000 law enforcement officers in America, C.O.P.S believes it is vital to show them support during times of difficulty, and thus the holiday helps bring awareness to the difficult decisions police officers have to make each day in the best interest of the law and people.

This a day that we can support all law enforcement personnel for what they do every day to protect the community they serve. The men and women in Law Enforcement get ready for their shift every day and put the Badge on with pride not knowing if they will be home at the end of the day. Their family’s worry if they will be coming home or if they will be getting a knock on the door bringing them the news that their spouse, father, mother, son, brother, or sister will not be coming home. They have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us all.

Please say thank you, give a smile or just a nod of the head to let them know you appreciate them and that you support them because you know how important our Law Enforcement is to the committees they serve.