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Police Week Michigan encourages citizens to show their support of local law enforcement

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 17, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor, with excerpts from www.policeweekmichigan.com

Police Week Michigan is encouraging Michigan citizens to do something special to honor and show their appreciation of law enforcement during Police Week 2020, May 10-16, 2020.

Originally, the group had planned a gathering celebration in Pontiac. Uncertain as to what the future will look like under the COVID-19 caution, they have opted to move all their efforts online, encouraging citizens to focus efforts on local areas and working to draw attention.

Founder Amy Hawkins organized Police Week Michigan in response to the 2018 anti-police rhetoric, officers being shot at, and families losing their loved ones. She wanted officers to see, hear and feel the support of Michigan citizens. This non-partisan citizen-led effort aims to raise awareness and demonstrate the value Michigan citizens have for their Law Enforcement.

They are encouraging citizens to build support now for police. While certain jobs can go into hiatus out of caution for COVID-19 spread, Hawkins said, “… Our law enforcement’s roles do not change and instead carry more stress.”

They are asking for prayers and support of police, letting them know they are especially appreciated in this season of concern.

“It is our goal to honor the service and sacrifice of Michigan’s Law Enforcement and their families and to create a culture of honor and support for those who serve to keep us safe,” according to the website. “It is time we stand up for our Law Enforcement. It is time we speak up for our Law Enforcement. It is time we show America that Michigan loves our Law Enforcement … During Police Week and every day of the year.”

The group is widely supported by area police agencies. The canceled event was planned to feature event hosts including: Detroit Police Chief James Craig, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Macomb County Sheriff Tony Wickersham, Bob Stevenson of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Michigan State Police Director Col. Joseph Gasper.

For information on the many ways you can share this movement to honor law enforcement during Police Week and throughout the year, visit www.policeweekmichigan.com or email [email protected]

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