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Friday is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

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America's first annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was held on Friday, January 9, 2014. America's first annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was held on Friday, January 9, 2014.
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Americans are encouraged to show their support for police officers on Friday as part of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

The holiday was started by the FBI National Academy to thank officers across the country who take risks to protect their communities. 

CBS 3 Springfield's Cherise Leclerc will speak with a member of the Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association about this special day for law enforcement members across America in a one-on-one interview during the 4 p.m. newscast on Friday. 

Every day in America 780,000 police officers pin on a badge and go to work knowing they could be put in extreme danger.

On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year, 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year and more than 300 officers commit suicide each year, according to NationalCops.org.

The job is demanding and requires officers to be professional, courteous, caring and yet be ready to protect the public at all times.

Citizens can show their support in a number of ways:

  • Say thank you if you see a police officer on Friday.
  • Wear blue clothing.
  • 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.
  • Ask children to send letters to police officers.
  • Participate in Project Blue Light. Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.
  • Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers.
  • Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards.
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