COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA —Today, January 9, 2023, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina is showing its appreciation to law enforcement agencies across the state to celebrate national Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (“L.E.A.D.”). The start of the new year is a perfect time to show support for our law enforcement partners, who often go above and beyond to serve our communities, including by responding to critical incidents, gathering toys for needy kids during the holiday, distributing groceries to families in need, and playing ball with neighborhood kids. Their tireless dedication to the communities they serve does not go unnoticed.
From the Upstate to the Lowcountry and across the Pee Dee and Midlands, members of the USAO will be making visits to departments to thank officers in person and to share artwork done by local school children thanking officers.
The USAO encourages members of the community to take a moment to thank your local community officers, school resource officers, etc. Remember to also thank the families of those officers as the inherent dangers of the job are always at the forefront of their minds.
Here are a few simple things you can do to thank the officers in your community:
1. Take snacks/bottled water to local departments, along with a note of support;
2. Suggest to schools and children that they write letters or draw pictures supporting law enforcement and then drop those letters/pictures off at the local police department/sheriff’s office;
3. Send a letter, card, or email to your local law enforcement agency expressing support and appreciation. Ask that your support be shared with agency staff; and
4. Take a moment to thank the officers you encounter during your normal day.
Brook Andrews, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Brook.Andrews@usdoj.gov, (803) 929-3000