Leesburg Police Appreciation Day Planned Thursday

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.


One thought on “Leesburg Police Appreciation Day Planned Thursday

  • 2016-10-17 at 12:46 pm

    Without the police officers and support personnel working in our communities, we would not appreciate the safe and secure lifestyles that we now enjoy. The thin blue line establishes a barrier between light and darkness, good and evil, setting boundaries that hold back crime and ensure our comfort and community safety.

    We are convinced that the Lord wants to share His strategies and plans with His people and that we must position ourselves to hear His voice and be ready to pray or act as He leads. The Bible very clearly calls us to pray for those in authority: “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

    The Bible has much to say about civil governance (governing authorities that include law enforcement). Therefore, police officers are a governing authority. They have a mandate under legislation to enforce the laws that govern the city. In Romans 13:1-6, support of this position is conveyed: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established…”

    Civil governance may be considered a ministry and therefore should be upheld according to the principles cited by Paul in I Timothy, Chapter 2. The book of Romans declares the rulers (authorities) are not a weapon against good works, but to evil. Officers have a specific mandate under God to confront and punish evil. Without that line of defense, lawlessness and violence would abound.

    This is where our prayers take action. God uses the body of Christ to uphold the governing authorities for that very purpose. We must pray relentlessly for those who protect our families, homes and communities. In this way we ensure a strong bond is established between citizens and the city employees whose foremost responsibility is to maintain our much cherished community security.

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