Dozens of people attended a ceremony on the Downtown Tyler Square on Monday, January 9, 2017, for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Members of the Smith County Sheriff's Office, Fire Marshal's Office and Constables Offices, as well as other local law enforcement agencies were represented at the event held by Doug Haning, Chief Chaplain of the Chaplain Emergency Response Team. Dr. Haning, along with County Judge Nathaniel Moran, Sheriff Larry Smith and Tyler Mayor Martin Heines, made remarks during the event.
Judge Moran read the following county resolution, which was ratified during Commissioners Court on Tuesday, January 10, 2017:
WHEREAS, January 9 has been established as “National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” to call us together as a nation to show our support of law enforcement; and
WHEREAS, the Chaplain Emergency Response Team is partnering with organizations nationwide to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficulty and sometimes impossible career that they have chosen in public service to us all; and
WHEREAS, each day officers with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Marshall’s Office, Constables, Jailers and Dispatchers, City and School Police Departments, as well as thousands of other officers at the city, state and federal level, put on a badge and go to work each day knowing they may face dangerous situations; and
WHEREAS, with more than 130 officers killed in the line of duty in 2016, our local law enforcement officers and agencies need to know that their community recognizes the difficult career they have chosen and the risks they face every day to serve us; and
WHEREAS, law enforcement officers play such an integral role in our society, we recognize they are the guardians of our way of life, deserving of our support.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commissioners Court of the County of Smith, Texas, does hereby proclaim January 9, 2017, as
“National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day”
in Smith County Texas, and calls upon all citizens of Smith County to take time throughout the entire month of January to show their support to law enforcement officers.
RATIFIED THIS 10th DAY OF JANUARY, A.D. 2017