NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police departments and community relations have become a hot button topic. One community is trying to change the negative perception that some have regarding the police.
New Middletown is taking part in National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which was started by the FBI to encourage people to thank local officers.
“Throughout the United States, almost 50,000 police officers are assaulted annually,” said Police Chief Vincent D’Egidio. “Fourteen thousand receive serious injuries and last year across the United States, 129 lost their lives in the line of duty.”
Lori Rinehart stopped by the New Middletown police station on Saturday to give officers cookies and candy, and thank them for all that they do.
“They are doing their job and I appreciate it,” she said. “What would it be like if we didn’t have them?”
Rinehart works at a Dollar General down the street from the station, and says she can always rely on the police.
“Anytime we need them, they are right there, and they patrol our parking lot at night.”
Don Manning says he thanks those in uniform every day.
“We need them. We have to have those people. They’re our first responders, the firemen, policemen…it seems like people don’t appreciate them like they used to.”
A simple “thank you” means so much to local law enforcement.
“Just to have someone say ‘thank you’ is such a spirit-lifting experience, because that person actually meant it,” D’Egidio said.