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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day



January 10, 2020
By Paige Marley



SUSSEX COUNTY, DE


If you see a police officer, it might be a good idea to show them a little extra appreciation. Thursday is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Some local businesses offered promotions such as deals and discounts. Others, took it more personally.
The Delaware chapter of C.O.P.S, which stands for Concern of Police Survivors, gave a small gift bag to every police officer in Delaware today.

In 2009, Georgetown Police officer Chad Spicer was killed in the line of duty. His mother says C.O.P.S. continues to help her and her family.



Chad Spicer Memorial

"The C.O.P.S. organization was at my house the night he was killed. I had all of these people in my kitchen and I did not have a clue who they were, but I got to know them very, very, very well. They were there in full support," said Spicer.

The president of the Delaware chapter, Eleanor Allione, also knows the loss of losing a loved one. She works everyday to show appreciation to officers and their families.

"The family is left behind and it's a very new normal that they have to find, and we try to help them through that journey," said Allione.


Gift Bag

The Chief of the Georgetown Police Department says he feels love and appreciation from his community everyday.

"Dare I say, police officers are humans too. So it's nice to have that appreciation. It's nice to feel that love quite honestly," said Chief R.L. Hughes.

C.O.P.S. filled each bag with small treats and a note to remind officers that people are thinking of them, especially on a day honoring them.

 
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