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Guest Editorial: Thank you, officers, for all you do for us

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National Tell A Police Officer ‘Thank You’ Day was initiated by Andrew Hale and The Whole Truth Project, an organization with a mission to support law enforcement officers by promoting a pro-police message.

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This Saturday Sept. 21, I will be extending my ‘thank you.’ Will you?

Chances are, at one time or another, a police officer has been there to assist you or a family member in a time of need.

These men and women are the front lines of defense here at home. They never know what they might encounter when they are called on duty each shift. Depending on the time of day and where they work, it could be quiet and routine, or it could be utter pandemonium. The reality is the uncertainty.

Unfortunately, many consider the police a necessary evil. Folks want them there yesterday when they need them, but when they are the focus of an officer's attention because they’ve broken a law, the police become the bad guys.

That’s OK. They’re used to it. They willingly stepped into the role. They take the bad with the good because they believe they can make a difference. They believe in upholding the law. They believe that good will ultimately triumph over evil, and they want to be a part of that.

Today, I encourage you to spread the word.

Talk to your friends, neighbors and co-workers about Sept. 21, National Tell A Police Officer ‘Thank You’ Day. If you own or manage a business, please consider doing something special for the officers in your community.

Buy them lunch, a cup of coffee, or give them some other token of your appreciation. Use your signage to get the word out now and when Sept. 21 comes, use it to say ‘thank you.’

This is my personal message of thanks:

While you’re sitting at the dining table with your family, that cop that calmly stood writing your ticket while you cursed at him is answering a call instead of sitting down with his own family.

While you crawl into your soft comfortable bed and snuggle up with your loved one, that cop you called good for nothing is patrolling your street, keeping you safe while his loved one sleeps alone.

While you sit watching your son play ball, that cop you called lazy is looking for a lost child while missing his own son’s ball game.

While your loved ones wake up knowing you are safe and sound, that cop’s loved ones wake up just hoping he will make it home.

So next time you get angry at that cop, remember what he might be missing while keeping you and yours safe.

Thank you. Thank you for choosing to bear the weight of the badge. Thank you for standing between your citizens and the evil that wishes them harm.

Thank you for sacrifices you make in order to do your job.

Thank you for doing all that you do; for the small things that most people are unaware of.

Thank you, everyone who pins on a badge before heading to work. Thank you all for your protection.

Sincerely,

Yolonda Christopherson, Team Captain

Otter Tail County and Perham City Officers

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