MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - From cards to handshakes, Lowcountry law enforcement agencies have seen a lot of community support following recent tragedies.
"We saw this type of outpouring after 9/11, as well," Inspector Chip Googe from Mount Pleasant police department said.
A room inside Mount Pleasant police department is filled with colorful cards, meals, desserts and more.
The bright messages have a big impact.
"It gives us the ability to tredge forward even though these are dangerous times," Inspector Googe said.
Officers, like Captain Jon Rogers with Summerville police department, admit since the shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge targeted law enforcement and took many lives, it hasn't been easy.
"Just the tragic events just one after the other after the other and people realize these are our neighbors, these are our co-workers, these are people we go to church with, whatever it may be," said Captain Rogers. "They're just trying to do their job."
Small white bags, filled with candy, cover a table inside Summerville police department.
The outside of the bags read:
Survival kit for law enforcement officers.
Lifesaver- to remind you of the many times you've been one.
Starburst- for the burst of energy that you need.
Payday- since you're not doing it for the money.
Hersey kisses- to help show you our love.
Gum- to help everyone stick together.
Tootsie roll- to help you roll with the punches.
Peppermint patty- helping you to keep your cool.
Snickers- to help keep your humor.
Mounds- for the mounds of courage you show.
"It's really emotional for these officers," Captain Rogers said. "Children running up to them, giving them hugs. Again, it goes to show what a special community we live and work in."
Captain Rogers said the display of thanks seen inside law enforcement agencies is also evident outside.
"People that are even being arrested are showing appreciation and respect and shaking an officer's hand and appreciating what they're doing," said Captain Rogers.
Through colorful cards or handshakes, it's message that's much appreciated.
"We're just so thankful," said Inspector Googe.