Fairbanks Mayor talks importance of appreciating law enforcement

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The United States has set aside Thursday as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Law enforcement officers across the country put their lives on the line every day to protect the public. Every January 9th, the country takes a day to show their appreciation.

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Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly says this appreciation should not just be once a year but every day -- adding that law enforcement officers often see the worst of humanity but still go to work each day loving their job and showing compassion to the people they interact with.

He encourages all residents of Fairbanks to thank officers when they see them out and about. He also said the appreciation doesn't just help the officers, but it also helps the community.

"Keep a lookout for things because they can't be all eyes at all times. If you see a problem, report the problem. Call 911, call the police department, they want to work with you. If they know they have the support of the neighborhoods and the people who live there, if they know that, then they will know you as well. It's a symbiotic relationship," Matherly said.

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