Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
January 09, 2017
(NATIONAL) -- In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which is today, the Pennsylvania State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police has released a list of suggestions for how citizens can show their support to law enforcement.
Thank a police officer
Change your social media profile picture to one that supports police
Send a card of thanks to local law enforcement
Post a positive story on social media about law enforcement
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was started in response to national negativity toward police officers.
“The bravery that our nation’s men and women show is remarkable given the dangers of their job. Law enforcement officers and their families are some of the most humble and courageous people around. For those reasons and countless more, they deserve to be nationally recognized,” said Les Neri, president of the Pennsylvania State Lodge of the FOP in a statement.
Local note: Tip-A-Cop fund-raisers show community pride & caring by police
Every year in the late fall police here in the northwest and around the country prove they do more than hand out tickets and collar bad guys.
They enhance the quality of life for kids everywhere around the country.
In October Tip-A-Cop fund raisers to benefit Washington Special Olympics are held in various locations at all 40 Red Robin restaurants around the state including Monroe and Everett.
The annual Monroe Police Tip-A-Cop gig always features hungry eaters being served by Monroe Police officers and 100% of their tips are donated to Special Olympics.
Special Olympics was founded in 1968 and today has more than one million participants in the United States and 156 countries.
The main objective of Special Olympics is to provide a year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, or a closely related developmental disability.
Special Olympics’ vision is to change the world’s perception of the developmentally disabled and their role in society.
What Tip-A-Cop Is
“Tip-A-Cop” is an official Law Enforcement "Torch Run" Campaign fund raising event in which law enforcement officers and department personnel volunteer their time as “Celebrity Waiters” to collect tips at Red Robin Restaurants in support of Special Olympics Washington.
In 2916 the date of the event was Saturday, October 22.
All 40 Red Robin restaurants statewide participated including locations in Alderwood, Auburn Outlet Collection, Battleground, Bellevue Square, Bellingham, Bothell, Bonney Lake, Covington, Des Moines, Everett, Factoria Mall, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kennewick, Kent, Lacey, Lakewood Towne Center, Mill Plain, Monroe, Northgate, Olympia, Pier 55, Puyallup, Redmond, Redmond Town Center, Renton, Silverdale, Skagit Valley, Smokey Point, Southcenter, South Puyallup, Spokane, Spokane Downtown, Spokane Valley, Tacoma, Vancouver, Vancouver Mall, Wenatchee, Woodinville, and Yakima.
Changing the world is a contact sport—and Special Olympics is an everyday opportunity to make a difference. In Washington, over 14,500 athletes are empowered to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life. Yet for every champion, there are another 13 who are waiting for the chance to win.
Tip-A-Cop fund-raisers not only raise money, they lift up the spirits of those in need.
In 2016 Tip-A-Cop events at Red Robin locations around the country raised $700,00 for Special Olympics. In 2015, law enforcement volunteers in Washington state alone collected over $90,000 to benefit their local programs. In 2016 over $100,000 was raised.