National Law Enforcement
Appreciation Day






To the Members of the YPD,

 

The group Concerns of Police Survivors (or C.O.P.S.) is partnering with organizations across the country to promote the first ever National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) being held today, January 9th, 2015.  C.O.P.S. said that in light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show that citizens recognize the difficult work police officers perform every day. 
 
Each day, 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year, 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year, and over 300 officers commit suicide each year.  There is no other profession in the world, except possibly the military, where you will find these kinds of statistics.  
 
We are fortunate at Yale to have an exceptional team of women and men who work daily to protect and be part of the community we serve. For this, I say thank you. I am proud to wear our uniform.  
 
Please see the attached proclamation signed by Governor Dannel Malloy supporting Connecticut Law Enforcement in declaring January 9, 2015 as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Connecticut. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Ronnell A. Higgins 
Chief of Police