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National 'Thank an Officer' Day Honors Local Heroes

An online campaign urges residents across the nation to thank their local officers.

Have you ever taken the time to thank your local public safety officers?

An online campaign is spreading the word that Saturday, Sept. 15 is the time to do so.

The Whole Truth Project, an organization whose mission is to show support law enforcement officers, is kicking off its first Tell a Police Officer “Thank You” Day Saturday. Businesses are also encouraged to show their appreciation to local officers by donating a small item, such as a free cup of coffee or breakfast to local police officers.

According to the Whole Truth Project, “The men and women who comprise police departments across the country put their lives on the line daily to protect and serve their communities—yet too often police officers get a bad rap.”

“We want people to show their appreciation for the job that the brave men and women of law enforcement do every day,” said attorney and project founder Andrew Hale of the Chicago-based Andrew M. Hale & Associates in a statement. “Having represented police officers for several years, I know the difficult job these men and women undertake every day and I think we often take our police officers for granted. We must show support and appreciation for those that serve and protect us."

For more information, check out the Whole Truth Project’s Facebook page.

Tell us what you think about your local police officers in the comments below.

Rick Gladstone September 15, 2012 at 03:09 PM
"Andrew M. Hale and Associates is one of the country's top law firms representing police officers in some of the highest misconduct cases in the world. Our firm has significant experience in representing police officers from all types of civil rights allegations ..." http://www.ahalelaw.com/ Research, Patch. Try doing some once in a while. There is more to news reporting than just lazily regurgitating public relations press releases.
Bill C. September 15, 2012 at 04:35 PM
They say right in the article they've represented police officers for years, you miss that? Cops need all the good press they can get with the media so anxious to show how bad they are pretty much daily. That's what sells though, not heroic actions because they are quickly forgotten if reported on at all.
just my opinion September 15, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Glendora Police Department is amazing!!! I personally like to thank each and every law enforcement agency across the United States...... a big Thank You from me!!!! The bottom line is police officers put their lives in danger each day. Each and everyone of us has had to call upon them for something in our lifetime .....we need to say THANK YOU for that!!!! it doesn't matter who's talking about it .....it doesn't matter who's writing about it .....it doesn't matter who's promoting it... bottom line is ....we need to say "thank you" and be grateful!!! I am...
Leigh Justice September 17, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I'd like to thank the 50% who actually do their jobs and protect & serve. Those who listen to you, properly assess a situation, treat you with respect & courtesy, foster a mutual helpful & trusting relationship and of course, those who rush in to help at great risk to themselves without judgment on others. The ones that care...THANK YOU. No thanks to the ones who arrest a pregnant woman driving her drunk friend home, but drives erratically because the drunk is thrashing about (and it's a huge boat of a station wagon - not her car), accusing HER of DWI, even though she pointed out her pregnancy, explained the situation & asked for a breathalizer...oh, and told her "we ought to cut off all that long pretty hair" and "your baby's gonna be a whore like you". Then there's the ones who go after a pair of tourists who leave their car at a bar & walk to their hotel, stopping them because they took off their shoes & busting them for drunk in public when they had made the wise decision not to drive. They get to fly back to CA for their court dates at great expense & possible job loss. Also don't want to thank the ones who assault citizens like the skateboarder on the sidewalk or the nurse they'd already handcuffed. Nope, not thanking THOSE officers or anyone like them.
Ivan G September 17, 2012 at 01:48 AM
"Then there's the ones who go after a pair of tourists who leave their car at a bar & walk to their hotel, stopping them because they took off their shoes & busting them for drunk in public when they had made the wise decision not to drive. They get to fly back to CA for their court dates at great expense & possible job loss." When someone is arrested in California for being drunk in public, he is released without charges being filed once he is sober. I suspect your comments are both biased and ill-informed.
Revvell September 17, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Not to mention the 50% thing. You got that figure where? Ohhhhh..... the media that reports the "bad" things, not the good deputies and police do every single day and HOPE they get back to their families when their shift is done!!! Uh huh!
Bill C. September 17, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Whoever she is she's a liar, period.
C Collins September 17, 2012 at 02:22 PM
You know you're in trouble when it requires a national campaign to get people to thank you for the great job you're doing. I have no particular fear or dislike of police officers. I have been helped tremendously by the MPD, and would like to say thank you here for their help when my dog was lost. (Hey, this is Monrovia!)
Steve Buckner September 17, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Sgt Don Newton of Monrovia Pd is the best of the best. Class act and I love the X-mas candy he brings to my home. ALL police officers can learn a lot from him.
Revvell September 17, 2012 at 06:20 PM
"You know you're in trouble when it requires a national campaign to get people to thank you for the great job you're doing." Really? And what kind of trouble is that? People "forget" to say "thank you" all the time. They pretty much need to be reminded all the time. This time is no different.
Leigh Justice September 18, 2012 at 02:50 AM
May I repeat, "The ones that care...THANK YOU" Sheesh! I didn't say they all are smug, antagonistic, condescending, ruthless bullies, did I!? Now that you mention it, C Colins & Steve, Monrovia PD is one that's provided consistent service as it should be and I'd be happy to thank them once again for their excellent response. As for the 50% figure, Revvell, I base that on personal experience and what I have witnessed for a few decades. I don't presume the media ever tells the full story. But I do agree people need to be reminded to say "thank you" all the time. Common courtesy is about as UNcommon as common sense. Ivan G, one of the tourists had to be bailed out of jail and was given an appearance date in CA even though she lived back East and was going home the next day. I assume same thing happened to her friend, perhaps that's my error. Bill C, who are you referring to?
Bill C. September 18, 2012 at 07:20 AM
I was referring to you Leigh Justice. I'm not surprised you had to ask with all the other stupidity in your post. You wrote this.."I'd like to thank the 50% who actually do their jobs and protect & serve". You base that on your personal experience over the years with cops. How many confrontations have you had with them ? Even cop hate sites recognize there are maybe 1.5% to 2% of cops who probably shouldn't be cops. Your statement that only 50% do there jobs and protect and serve is as ignorant as statements come, and based on my experience and studies by others, is a total lie. Now I can see from your post your one of those types that thinks cops have to bend over and kiss your ring finger to do their jobs correctly, but that's not how it works, and certainly it doesn't work that way in Monrovia. Cops, by and large, do their jobs and do it very well. Considering there's over 750,000 of them if 50% were as bad as you believed they were we'd be hearing a whole lot more about it. Your stories are just that, stories. Your drunk tourists, if they were arrested for only drunk in public, and hadn't been arrested for the same recently, in no way had to fly back and appear in court. That doesn't happen out here and hasn't in years. You believe what you want to because you already believe only 50% of cops do there jobs and protect and serve so keep living in your fairy tale world. i'm sure it's nicer than this one with all those nasty cops running around.
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