Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop to get underway

By: Staff report

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

“In honor of those officers and in recognition of our officers that hold tight to the thin blue line, Bladen County Adopt-a-Cop has provided our local communities with an opportunity to show their support and appreciation for National Police Week,” said Daniell Duncan. “May 13-19, 2018, is National Police Week, (and) Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop will be holding its semi-annual gifting for the officers during that week to recognize and show our appreciation for our local officers.”

All organizations in Bladen County — the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Bladenboro Police Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, N.C. Highway Patrol, N.C. Park Rangers, and White Lake Police Department — are all included, for a total of approximately 120 officers, including three canines. The program is hosted twice a year, in May and again in December for Christmas.

”Our goal is to get every officer ‘adopted’ by members of our community,” Duncan said.

Adoptions include a thank you card or note and a gift valued around $25.00. Individuals, businesses, and churches that are interested in adopting officers will be given their officer(s)’ name and badge number so they can address their gift(s). The gifts will then be collected by the due date of Friday, May 11 and can be dropped off at different drop off locations throughout the community. Once all the gifts for all the officers have been collected, they will be distributed to each respective agency.

“We have held presentations and luncheons for the officers over the last few years,” Duncan commented. “We would like to be blessed enough to do so again this May. The success of our program depends a ton on the members of our community and has been astounding over the last three years.”

She added, “These men and women in uniform serve and protect our community and we want to show them our thanks for doing so. There’s never a guarantee that when they walk out the door to go to work, that they’ll walk back in it after their shift, as evidenced very recently with the shootings of the two officers in Florida who were sitting down to eat in the midst of an average 12-hour shift. It is a sacrifice they’ve been called to do and one that oftentimes is underappreciated. Please join us in showing your gratitude for them.”

Anyone interested in adopting an officer may contact Melonie Knight at bladencountyadoptacop@yahoo.com or at 910-308-8148.

Staff report