Law Enforcement Recognition

A great way to show support for local law enforcement is to hold a recognition event. There are several different ideas for this but the goals of each are the same: thanking and acknowledging the hard work of law enforcement in your town. This can be an event that could be open for the entire community to attend and to show support.

NEWS UPDATE: 2015 Governor's Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards

Congratulations to the 142 law enforcement officers from 117 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to target impaired drivers. 

The goals of a law enforcement recognition event:

  • Show support and/or raise funds for local law enforcement
  • Gain media coverage for the good work your group is doing
  • Create a strong relationship with police departments and community leaders

What you will need:

  • A date, time and location to hold event
  • An organized group to plan and carry out the event

How to carry out a law enforcement recognition event:

  • Determine what the focus of the event will be - community fundraiser; press event; recognition banquet
  • Set a date at least six (6) months in advance
  • Identify officers to recognize and list of people to invite (mayor; city council; local legislators; media)
  • Send out invitations two (2) months in advance and follow up a few weeks beforehand
  • Get local business to donate items for raffles, prizes, or silent auction
  • Arrange a timeline for event - welcome; dinner, recognition; wrap-up
  • Confirm with media two (2) days before event

Follow Up:

  • Send out follow up thank you cards for distinguished guests
  • If media was unable to attend, send a summary of the event
  • Continue to work and support law enforcement and try to make this project an annual event

A law enforcement recognition event is a great way to show appreciation and support for the hard work and dedication of law enforcement. This event can also help to gain valuable community support for your group's efforts as well.