Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

February 7, 2013

Appreciating law enforcement

VALDOSTA — Law-enforcement officers deserve the public’s support, encouragement and appreciation during the best of times.

They especially deserve our support in the worst of times. Each day, police officers face dangers. They get criminals off the streets.

Still, they have an often thankless job. Adding insult to injury, folks often heap the blame for violent crime on police officers.

Later this month, a local organization offers area law-enforcement officers thanks.

On Feb. 21, at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center, the Rotary Club of Valdosta will offer Officer of the Year awards during its Sixth Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. This banquet is dedicated to recognizing officers who have gone above and beyond their expected duties. These officers will be praised and their service acknowledged.

But it is also dedicated to raising money to          help area law-enforcement officers in their times of need.

In past years, the event has raised thousands of dollars which have helped officers and their families facing serious medical issues. The funds can be used to help an officer who has lost a home to fire or disaster, a personal issue, or a death in the family.

The fund is designed to help officers in their worst hour.

As this event draws near, we should all take a moment to thank our region’s law-enforcement officers. But we can thank them even more by supporting the Sixth Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner.

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