January 9 was National Law Enforcement Day 2024, and the Lions Club honored law enforcement

TOP PHOTO: Delicious homemade cookies, a commemorative key ring all in a keepsake pouch were delivered to all 160 law enforcement personnel around Campbell County on Tuesday afternoon.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The Campbell County Lions Club showed its support and appreciation to all 160 Campbell County law enforcement personnel on Tuesday afternoon by expressing gratitude to police officers in our county for their service to our communities. The Club recognizes the risk and difficulty of their profession and wished to thank law enforcement personnel for their hard work and tireless hours they work every day.

See the full photo gallery HERE from WLAF’s Charlie Hutson.

“We’d like to express appreciation and thanks to all Campbell County officers and staff for the difficulty and risk of their work in helping to protect and preserve our communities,” said Martha Wells, President of the Lions Club. “We observe National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day to honor the brave individuals who put their lives on the line to protect and assist our communities. If you have a friend or family member who is a police officer, National Law Enforcement Day or any time for that matter is an ideal opportunity to express appreciation for the arduous nature of their profession,” Wells said.

Of the 160 law enforcement personnel in Campbell County, 111 are with the sheriff’s office, 30 with La Follette Police, seven each at the departments of Caryville and Jacksboro plus two officers at Jellico.

All-in-all, more than 500 cookies, chocolate chip and peanut butter, were created by members of the Lions Club.

Police Chiefs Gary Perkins (Jellico), Daniel Smith (Jacksboro), Freddie Stagnolia (Caryville), Steve Wallen (La Follette) and Sheriff Wayne Barton (Campbell County) were all presented with cookies and key chains in handsome cloth pouches for themselves and their staffs. On the key chain and the pouch, it reads “May you be proud of the work you do, the person you are, and the difference you make.”

Some of the members of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office were available for the presentation.

Members of the Lions Club made a stop at the Caryville Police Department.

Appreciation pouches with words of encouragement were delivered to Jacksboro’s Police Dept.

At La Follette is where the first stop was made on Tuesday to honor the La Follette Police Dept.

The chief and officers were on patrol when the Lions Club members stopped at the Jellico Police Department, and no photo is available.

Delicious homemade cookies, a commemorative key ring all in a keepsake pouch were delivered to all 160 law enforcement personnel around Campbell County on Tuesday afternoon.

National Law Enforcement Day History

Instances of labor disputes, civil unrest, sporting events, criminal activity and many other difficulties all demonstrate the indispensable role that law enforcement officers play in America, intricately interwoven into our daily lives. They keep our communities secure and ensure that you can carry out your responsibilities with confidence.

In 2014, a Missouri police officer was killed in a crossfire, inspiring this appreciation day.  

In 2015, a number of organizations established National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day as a way to show appreciation for law enforcement officers across the United States. On this day, citizens are encouraged to express gratitude to law enforcement for the services they provide. A prominent organization that is spearheading this effort is COPS, which stands for Concerns of Police Survivors. Law enforcement officers deserve recognition from the public for their challenging profession of upholding the law and safeguarding individuals.

Law Enforcement Appreciation … What Can I Do?

Thank your local Law Enforcement Officers and Staff

Thank your local officers and law enforcement personnel whenever you get a chance. This will demonstrate your support and recognize them for their hard work and dedication in protecting our communities.

Employ social media to express support.

Consider demonstrating support for law enforcement on social media in order to raise awareness. Many people may not know a police officer personally, so social media may be way of supporting and thanking them for their service.

Establish a Neighborhood Watch initiative

While the National Crime Prevention Council is in charge of overseeing neighborhood watch programs, local law enforcement helps to facilitate their implementation and operation. Seek assistance from the local police department regarding the coordination of the program.

Donate to or volunteer with the local Crime Stoppers program.

To effectively manage their Crime Stoppers programs, local law enforcement agencies rely on community donations and volunteers. Additionally, some Crime Stoppers organizations have community-member-composed oversight committees. These forums often help determine rewards or share information about crimes with rewards. Attend a monthly meeting or contact your local law enforcement department to learn about this work. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/10/2024-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)