The town hopes to give local police officers a day of positive recognition as part of its second annual “Leesburg Police Appreciation Day.”
Set for Thursday, Oct. 20, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to town officers and their families. Blue ribbons will also be hung on trees at Town Hall, in front of the police department and fire station on Plaza Street, and at other town facilities. The public is also asked to hang blue ribbons on their property and wear blue on the 20th as a show of support. Community members may also post thank you notes or words of encouragement to officers on the “Leesburg Police Appreciation Day” Facebook page. The notes will be printed out and displayed in the police department headquarters, according to Public Information Officer Betsy Arnett.
The police appreciation initiative was first introduced last year by Councilman Tom Dunn. In an email sent to Loudoun Now, Dunn said the day can serve as a time to let town officers know how much they are valued, and encouraged schools, and community- and faith-based organizations to also find ways to become involved in the appreciation day.
A $1,000 donation was made this year by John Marshall Bank to help support the effort. Councilman Bruce Gemmill, a vice president with the bank, helped to arrange the donation, according to Arnett.