Otter Tail County commissioners give a shout out to deputies for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Otter Tail County would like to thank its officers in honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Officers at Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. (Contributed / Otter Tail County / Perham Focus)

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day has been recognized on Jan. 9 every year since 2015 as an opportunity to thank officers across the country for their dedication to public safety.

In Otter Tail County, commissioners recently recognized and thanked local law enforcement officers for their dedication and service.

"On behalf of the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners, I would like to thank the many law enforcement officers for their passion and commitment to keeping our families, communities and businesses safe,” said Board Chair Betty Murphy. “The work that you do is admired and well-respected. We are very grateful for all of you."

Many in the public may not know the scope of the work of deputies in the county. According to the Jan. 9 daily activity report from the sheriff’s office, so far this year deputies have responded to 50 vehicles off the road, two suicide threats/attempts, 31 EMS assists, served four orders of protection, made five DWI arrests and responded to 29 calls for assistance to the public.

That is just a small sample of the work the deputies carried out over a 90-day period. For more information, read the daily activity report at .


“Thank you to all those that put on their badge every day and go out and protect our communities,” said Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons. “I want to also say 'thank you' to the people of Otter Tail County for your continued support of our law enforcement officers. In a time where some in law enforcement do not feel the support of those that they serve, in Otter Tail County, our deputies are often reminded of the community support. I am very proud of the men and women of the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.”

The mission of the sheriff's office is “to provide excellent service through partnerships that build trust, reduce crime, create a safe environment and enhance the quality of life in our county.” Deputies visit local classrooms, provide D.A.R.E education, host “Shop with a Cop” during the holidays and may be seen at National Night Out events and city parades. Deputies also display vehicles at Touch-a-Truck events and county fairs.

There are several ways for the public to show their support, including:

  • Follow the laws.
  • Reach out to local law enforcement officers and get to know them.
  • Show appreciation for the work they do. A smile and handshake go a long way.
  • Volunteer for the sheriff's office posse.
  • Sign up for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge on Otter Tail Lake Feb. 5, sponsored by MN law enforcement and the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.
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