VIRGINIA – There are days on the calendar that are designated to celebrate or to recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions to society, mankind, our country or our respective communities.
Jan. 9 is the calendar day in which we are encouraged to recognize, honor, and support the brave men and women of law enforcement.
There is a quote from a retirement plaque that hangs on the wall of law enforcement officers’ homes that reads, in part, “The sacrifices you made and the countless hours without sleep for the safety and security of the citizens of your community can only fully be appreciated by those who served beside you.” This is recognition from one’s peers upon retirement.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is our opportunity to spotlight the service of the brave and courageous men and women who currently wear the uniform. From the maroon of the Minnesota State Patrol, to the brown of the deputies of St. Louis County, to the blue of local city and township police officers, they are to be commended for their commitment to protect and serve.
It is not an easy job. Many time a dangerous one. Every single day, the men and women of this profession selflessly put their lives on the line to make our community safer. They put fear aside and live by the creed to “Never give up.”
We, as elected officials, commit our unwavering support for the dedicated men and women of law enforcement. Please join us in recognition of their service. Show them that you care. They need our support more today than ever before.
Larry Cuffe, Jr. is mayor of the City of Virginia. He had a 34 year law enforcement career working for the Virginia Police Department, the airport police department, Deephaven (MN) Police Department and the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. His law enforcement career includes time spent as a patrol officer, with the emergency services unit, a sergeant and an investigator.