It’s a New Year, Let’s Take the L.E.A.D.

On Friday, January 9, 2015 organizations in support of law enforcement will partner nationwide to promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.  The purpose of this event is to recognize the difficult and, sometimes impossible career of a law enforcement officer.

Each day, approximately 780,000 police officers across the United States go to work with the potential threat of injury, or loss of life.  On average, between 105 and 203 police officers die in the line of duty each year in this country with 50,000 officer assaults, resulting in 14,000 injuries, annually.  Most disturbing though is that 300 police officers commit suicide each year.

With the understanding and appreciation of the integral role police officers play in society everyday, L.E.A.D. is calling on the nation’s citizens to action in support of all law enforcement officers.  This can be done a number of ways:

  • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement
  • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency
  • Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media
  • Change your profile picture on social media to the jpg image provided at
  • Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement
  • Participate in Project Blue Light – Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement
  • Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers
  • Advertise your support through local media outlets/ billboards

Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank him or her for their service.

Partnering Organizations:

  • Concerns of Police Survivors
  • The Fraternal Order of Police
  • The F.B.I. National Academy Associates
  • The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement
  • Officer Down Memorial Page
  • Law Enforcement United
  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
  • International Conference of Police Chaplains
  • National Trooper’s Coalition
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
  • National Police Wives
  • Wives Behind the Badge
  • International Union of Police Associations
  • New Jersey State PBA
  • National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives
  • National Sheriffs’ Association
  • This Line Support
  • Police Unity Tour
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  • United States Air Force Security Forces