New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) introduced a resolution in the Assembly Chamber on January 17 to proclaim January 9 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in the state of New York. In honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Ra implemented his “Praise Our Police” program with several local school districts. The initiative encourages students to craft heartfelt messages of appreciation through handmade cards, posters, and class banners, which are then collected from each participating school and delivered to different agencies.
“I am truly humbled by the overwhelming response to this year’s Praise Our Police program. The several hundred expressions of gratitude from students across our school districts highlight the deep appreciation our communities hold for the dedication and service of our local law enforcement officers. To all the officers tirelessly serving and protecting our towns, counties, schools, state and nation, ‘thank you.’ Your commitment to protecting the safety and well-being of our communities does not go unnoticed, and the Praise Our Police project is a small, yet meaningful, way for our students to express their sincere appreciation for your sacrifices and service,” Ra said.
Participating schools and law enforcement agencies that received the letters are as follows:
- Cornwell Avenue School, West Hempstead
- George Washington School, West Hempstead
- John Street School, Franklin Square
- Manor Oaks School, New Hyde Park
- Mineola High School, Mineola
- Cherry Lane School, Carle Place
- Law Enforcement Agencies
- Nassau County Police Department, 3rd and 5th Precincts
- Nassau County Sheriff’s Department
- NYS Troopers
- NYS Court Officers
- MTA Police
- U.S. Customs & Border Protection