It's the day people around the country are asked to thank a police officer and show support for law enforcement in their area.
On Friday, January 9th, Police Chief Greg Mullen with the Charleston Police Department stated, "These men and women get up, they put on their uniform, they leave their families not knowing whether they're going to come home or not. Mullen added that officers work each day without caring that nobody sees their actions.
The National Fraternal Order of Police has partnered with the Concerns of Police Survivors and law enforcement associations across America to dedicate January 9th as National law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
According to a media release, on average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year, 50,000 officers officers are assaulted in the line of duty, 14,000 officers are injured, and over 300 commit suicide.