7 Heartwarming Ways People Are Thanking Police Officers

Letters, flowers and superheroes are all showing up at local precincts.

It's easy to forget to say "thank you." And for a profession that often involves running towards incidents that others are running away from, police officers don't hear that phrase as much as they probably deserve to. Whether they're just as guilty as us of dancing to Justin Bieber or running 26.2 miles in a gorilla suit for charity, there is more to police officers than the badge and the uniform. While the relationship between citizens and police officers is not without its issues, gratitude is a feeling we can all agree our world could use more of. 


Scroll down to see some of our favorite ways communities are thanking their local officers. 

1. The donut-bearing superhero.

Nine-year-old Tyler Carach, known to police stations across the country as "Donut Boy," has made it his mission this summer to thank as many officers as possible. With some help from crowdfunding and local bakeries, Caracah arrives at each station wearing a doughnut emblazoned cape that reads "I donut need a reason to thank a cop" and with a generous amount of smiles and sweet treats. From Florida, Carach and his family have plans to deliver 20,000 doughnuts by the end of August. 

2. The 11-year-old who used her allowance to buy some officers breakfast.

Last May, four officers from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office were eating breakfast at a local restaurant, and when it came time to pay, were informed their meals had been covered by another patron. With a little bit of sleuthing, their "breakfast benefactor" was discovered to be an 11-year-old girl who had used her allowance money to pay for the team's check. The officers repaid the gesture by responding with a thank you note, a $25 gift card and a challenge coin from the station's SWAT team. 

3. This special delivery.

This bouquet was one of just several gestures of gratitude sent to police stations in and near London after the terrorist attack last March. The flowers were delivered with a note of thanks but without a signature to the Cheshire Constabulary, located about 200 miles northwest of London. After the station posted a photo of the bouquet on their Facebook page, hundreds of people commented with their own messages of appreciation and admiration.  

4. The schoolchildren whose thank you letters made officers' hearts melt.

In the wake of the recent terror attacks on London Bridge and Westminster last month, officers at the Kingston Police station outside London received some words of encouragement in the form of a batch of letters from kids between the ages of six and 10 years old. "We are all very thankful that there people like you who will always be there to help us," Emilia, 10, wrote.  Jamie, 8 3/4, wished that all the officers remain safe in any future incidents. 

Kingston Borough Commander Anthony Enoch wrote each child a letter in reply, the Evening Standard reports, in addition to posting the letters on the station's bulletin board. 

5. The boy who wanted to personally thank every officer of the NYPD.

Courtesy of Rosa Ortiz

Seven-year-old Zachary Becerra started on the path to his dream career of being a police officer through visiting all 76 police precincts of the New York Police Department. Zachary's mom said he decided he wanted to show his appreciation for New York's finest after the murder of two NYPD detectives and always makes sure to bring officers superhero cards expressing his gratitude for their work whenever he visits. 

6. These unexpected sticky notes.

As Officer Wall, with the Fayetteville, North Carolina Police Department, approached his patrol car after leaving his second job at Best But, he was surprised to find a group of citizens leaving sticky notes of appreciation on his windows. "Thank you for always coming when we call" read one. "We appreciate all that you do!" someone else had written, a simple reminder of the community's feelings of gratitude toward the department. 

7. The kids who wanted to make sure a grieving force knew they were supported.

Officers from around country gathered in San Antonio at the beginning of this month to honor Miguel Moreno, who was shot while on patrol June 29th. Upon leaving the service at Community Bible Church, the officers were shocked to find that a group of kids had left condolence cards on every patrol car in the parking lot. 

"I was taken aback," one officer told KENS 5 news. "There's hundreds of police cars out here and they're out here in the hot sun and they're putting them on all of our patrol cars, so it really meant a lot."

The group of kids, who made more than 20 cards each, said they were inspired by their parents and a Bible study group and wanted to do something that would encourage the officers.  


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