The current global pandemic is still ravaging communities across the country. No community is immune to the COVID-19 public health crisis, and that includes the law enforcement community.
While many of us are hunkered securely in our homes, the nation’s 900,000 men and women in law enforcement, like other first responders, are hard at work keeping the rest of us safe. Sadly, we are now learning of officers who have become infected with the coronavirus and some officers have already succumbed to COVID-19.
Officers put on the badge every day and go out to serve communities across the country, often unsure of what dangers they’ll encounter. But COVID-19 is different. This invisible enemy impacts not only the individual officer, but also puts the officer’s family at risk.
There is much publicity around donation of masks, personal protective equipment (PPE) and thank you meals to doctors, nurses and medical personnel, but it’s important to remember that law enforcement officers are also first responders. So here are some simple ways to help and show gratitude during this public health crisis:
- Donate masks, gloves, goggles and other PPE to your local law enforcement department.
- Offer to provide childcare to an officer who may need someone to step in while they are working.
- Use non-emergency numbers when possible. If you need to contact your police department and you are not in an immediate life or death situation, call the police department’s non-emergency number.
- Partner with local restaurants to deliver individually wrapped meals to your local police department.
- Do you teach an exercise, meditation or other class to promote physical or mental well-being? Offer to provide a free virtual class to officers and their families.
- Donate to the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum. Our mission is to tell the story of American law enforcement and to make it safer for those who serve.