United States Attorney Jason Dunn honors law enforcement officers by observing Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which is set aside to honor the distinguished service and personal sacrifice of law enforcement officers in Colorado and around the country. This year’s observance takes place on Saturday, January 9, 2021.
“The brave men and women who serve as law enforcement officers are the backbone of justice in our country,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn. “As we saw this past week at our nation’s Capitol, too often law enforcement officers are asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. We mourn the loss of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died from injuries sustained defending the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. For Officer Sicknick and so many others who serve to defend the values we hold dear, we honor your service and sacrifice.”
On January 9, you can take a moment to honor those who protect and serve our communities in a number of ways:
- By wearing blue clothing;
- Sending a card of support to your local police department or sheriff’s office;
- Sharing a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media;
- Asking friends and family to write letters in support of law enforcement; or
- Organizing an event in support of law enforcement officers.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day also affords an opportunity to raise awareness concerning officer safety and wellness issues. Law enforcement is mentally taxing and subjects officers to disproportionate levels of trauma.
Studies have shown that law enforcement officers are at greater risk of heart disease, alcohol abuse, major psychological illnesses, and divorce as compared to other professions. The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) have collected resources to support officer safety and wellness. To view these resources, click here.