County Officials ask Citizens to Wear Blue Friday; Join in Show of Support for Law Enforcement

lpd_officersOcean County officials are urging all Ocean County citizens to wear blue on Friday, Jan. 9, in support of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety, joined with Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy in encouraging all county residents to remember the police officers that put themselves in harms’ way to insure public safety.

“We are pleased to join with Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. and partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers here in Ocean County and nationwide to promote National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Jan. 9,” Kelly said. “It’s a privilege to work with so many professional and well-trained police officers here in Ocean County. Not only do we thank them on Jan. 9 we thank them every day for their outstanding service.”

Each day about 900,000 police officers nationwide put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. For many officers, being in law enforcement is not just a job, it’s a calling.

“They are the backbone of our community,” Kelly said. “They selflessly protect our homes, our children, and allow us to sleep feeling safe each night.

“In some instances, the sacrifices made to insure public safety by law enforcement officers can be deep,” Kelly said. “These officers and their families have paid the ultimate price for protecting their community. We have felt that terrible pain here in Ocean County.”

Kelly said Ocean County employees will be participating in Law Enforcement Appreciation Day by wearing blue.

“The simple steps we take today to show our appreciation will let our law enforcement officers know we are grateful for the work they do,” Kelly said. “We recognize how difficult and sometimes impossible the job can be and we value them each and every day.”


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  1. I think they deserve even more recognition than we can give! Not only are they not recognized for being heros in dangerous situations, but some people are actually blaming them for it! I don’t understand it! I want to give as much support as I can! They’re awesome! Thank you!

  2. PThese cops (not all) play “profile bingo” they create the danger for themselves when they go around stopping and harassing specific group of ppl to hopefully create a crime for arrest or hope they find something on you.when they don’t find nothing its,”just doing my job” or”we received a call”lol Cop need to stick to their job and stop creating a blatant militant atmosphere.these guys have enough weapons to protect themselves . you don’t find it odd , regular citizens must use equal or less force to defend themselves against one another but cops if they feel threatened can
    shoot you lol smh.

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