Friday, January 09, 2015

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Today, Friday, January 9, 2015 is the first National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.).  If you do a Google search on that subject you'll find that cities all over the country are recognizing the men and women who go to work every day to keep us safe.

Apparently not in Costa Mesa, though.  I searched the City web site and found no mention of this event.  I checked the web and found nothing.  I did find a reference at the Orange County Sheriff's Department web site about this day, HERE.

It deeply saddens me to think that the relationship with the men and women of the Costa Mesa Police Department and the city government where they work has deteriorated to such a point that no mention, no recognition, is made on this national day of appreciation to a law enforcement officers by the city in which they literally lay their lives on the line every day.
The picture here was taken as the CMPD recognized it's 60th Birthday.  Click on the image to enlarge it.  The crowd shown here has thinned significantly since the day this photo was taken.  Men and women continue to depart faster than they can be back-filled, causing horrendous hours of overtime to be worked by those who remain in order to keep us safe. 
(Former Police Chiefs Dave Snowden, Roger Neth and Tom Gazsi)                         
So, today - even though The City Of Costa Mesa chooses not to participate in this event - wear something blue, put a blue bulb in your porch light if possible for the next week and thank a cop if you see one.  Despite the controversy swirling around due to the lawsuit filed against the men and women of the CMPD by the mayor and mayor pro tem - no member of the CMPD has been charged with any crime - those brave folks continue to show up for work and do their very best for us.  Thank you to Acting Police Chief Rob Sharpnack and the men and women of the CMPD.  Let's be careful out there!

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Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

Drop by 99 Fair drive with a thank you card or a note today. Let them know how much we appreciate them.

1/09/2015 03:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

I will always appreciate our officers. They treat our residents with care and respect. They often go beyond required duty. I am very proud of all of them. I hope that the new, green guys stay and learn and develop the skills and integrity and caring attitude that I always associated with our force.

1/09/2015 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Hold em Accountable said...

Did you expect anything else from this City?

1/09/2015 09:06:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Our CMPD is second to none.
We appreciate each and every one of our CM Police officers who go above and beyond to keep us safe.
Thank you to all at our CMPD!

1/09/2015 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Teresa Drain said...

Thank you CMPD! This may be only one night of blue lights, but we have a trmendous amount of gratitude every day for the thin blue line.

We put out a string of BLUE Christmas lights (didn't have a blue porch light) around the door.

Dropped off a small basket of snacks and they were so happy to know that the citizens support them. It feels really good to be able to do something to make their day.

We encourage every citizen to take the next (free!) Citizens Academy class. These officers really do much more than we can possibly imagine.

1/09/2015 05:13:00 PM  
Blogger zennymoon said...

Honor the blue...this has been a very deadly month for law enforcement nationally. I'm beyond saddened that our city councilmen have such an anti-police attitude which translates into staff shortages, lack of special units and the entire city being in jeopardy. The actions of our law enforcement officers have been incredibly dedicated given tbe hostile work environment. We Love Costa Mesa (facebook page) also dropped off a basket of goodies, thank you and cards of encouragement. Honor the blue

1/09/2015 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Its sickening, and cheap that the city put no recognition the website. It would be hypocritical anyway. Mensinger, Righeimer and that miserable little guy hate our officers, in spite of what they say. One of these days, they are going to need assistance...

1/10/2015 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

I bet if it was National Mayors Day, City Hall would have banners hanging from the fifth floor, sky-writers in the air and the City website would be plastered with ads for it.

1/11/2015 11:39:00 AM  

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