National Thank A Police Officer Day

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Donut you love our law enforcement? Bad puns aside, let’s take a moment to appreciate those who keep us safe. That’s right, it's National Thank a Police Officer Day, a day where we show our deepest gratitude to those brave men and women behind the badges. Let's dive into the sirens – figuratively speaking, of course – and shine a light on this heartwarming day.

When is Thank A Police Officer Day?

It's national thank a police officer day on the 19th September.

The Beat of National Thank a Police Officer Day

This noble day traces its origins back to a humble Facebook post in 2012, that soon echoed out like the blast of a police whistle. Spurred by this sentiment, communities around the world took up the cause, turning the post into a global love-letter to law enforcement.

Fast forward to 2020 and the internet was ablaze with hearty tributes. We recorded an all-time high of 6,261 mentions on 19th September 2020. Now that’s a show of appreciation that’s sure to stop traffic!

Saluting Our Protectors

When we think of police officers, we typically envisage high-speed chases and crime busts. In reality, they do much more. Whether resolving neighborly disputes or helping lost kids, they're always there. So, this day serves as a reminder to give thanks to the police officers who work relentlessly to maintain law and order in our society.

How to Celebrate?

Celebrating National Thank a Police Officer Day can be as simple as flashing a smile and wave when you spot a police officer on the street. More ambitious tributes might include sending a box of glazed goodies to your local police station – just be sure to include ‘doughnut eat while driving' on the box for good measure.

History behind the term 'Thank A Police Officer'


The rise of modern policing

In the early 1900s, modern policing began to take shape in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom. Police departments were established, and officers were tasked with maintaining law and order in their communities. This marked the beginning of a new era in police-civilian relations.


The appreciation for law enforcement

By the 1910s, the public began to recognize the importance of police officers and the risks they took to keep communities safe. The increasing presence of police in everyday life led to a growing appreciation for their service and dedication.


The first Police Appreciation Day

In 1923, the city of Chicago, Illinois, officially declared the first Police Appreciation Day. The event aimed to honor the contributions of police officers and raise public awareness about their challenging and vital role. This marked the first organized effort to express gratitude towards law enforcement.


National Police Week

In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed National Police Week as a way to pay special recognition to those law enforcement officers who had lost their lives in the line of duty. This annual observance further highlighted the sacrifices made by police officers in service to their communities.


Congressional recognition

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. This act of recognition from the highest office in the United States government further solidified the appreciation for police officers.


Appreciation campaigns

In the 1990s, various organizations and communities started launching appreciation campaigns to thank police officers for their service. The 'Thank A Police Officer' slogan began to gain popularity as a way to express gratitude and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of law enforcement personnel.


Continued gratitude

Today, 'Thank A Police Officer' has become a widely recognized phrase used to acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice exhibited by police officers worldwide. As national days and events continue to reinforce the importance of expressing gratitude, the sentiment behind these words resonates with individuals who want to show their appreciation.

Did you know?

Did you know law enforcement in ancient Rome included a force known as the 'Vigiles' who fought fires as well as maintaining law and order? Looks like our modern police have always been multi-talented!


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First identified

11th September 2015

Most mentioned on

19th September 2020

Total mentions


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