Showing support for our cops.
The 68th Precinct Community Council kicked off its Summer of Support 2015 initiative on Friday, June 12 outside the 68th Precinct stationhouse. Elected officials, residents, and representatives of civic organizations, community groups and the business community were in attendance as 68th Precinct Community Council President Ilene Sacco announced the community will attempt to spread support as well as show appreciation for police officers.
“I am excited, proud and honored to be here today to announce the kickoff of Summer of Support 2015,” said Sacco. “It’s a very simple idea. We want to collect positive emails, pictures, signatures, posters and any type of communications from across the country that say that people and groups support their police.”
Once all the thank-you letters and signs of supports are collected, the 68th Precinct will display all of the messages and bring everyone back to showcase them during the fall.
Sacco also noted that this isn’t just a Brooklyn exclusive practice. “Although we are standing in Brooklyn, we are representing any town in America because we believe in any town, every town, people support their police,” she said. “This isn’t just for the men and women of the 68th Precinct. This is for police everywhere.”
State Senator Marty Golden expressed his support on a personal level. “As a former police officer, I have walked in their shoes. I know firsthand some of the dangers they encounter. They deserve our love and concern for their commitment for our community,” he said. “We appreciate the support from them and for them. This is a great idea.”
Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis discussed the support police should have from elected officials. “I think what the officers do is something we can’t even imagine. They are doing their job knowing they have an increased risk of not coming home,” she said. “It’s important for elected officials that officers know that we support them and have their back and we will do whatever they can to have resources and tools to do job right.”
“I can’t wait to see the messages and signatures that go on these boards because I think they will tell a story of the kind of sincere support that we have for police departments across our country,” said Councilmember Vincent Gentile. “One of the reasons why we are a good community is because police are responsive to us and we are supportive of them.”
Assemblymembers Alec Brook-Krasny and Peter Abbate were also in attendance and spoke.
To participate in Summer of Support, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/68PrecinctSummerofSupport.