MN county asks residents to wear blue to support police

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Lately when police get attention, it hasn't always been in the most positive light. So Clay County is asking people who live and work there to honor law enforcement by wearing blue on Friday.

It's part of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD).

Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) – an organization that supports families, friends and coworkers of law enforcement workers killed on duty – says they'll call on Americans to show their support for law enforcement every Jan. 9. Since that falls on a Saturday this year, some organizations are celebrating early.

Moorhead Public Schools and Dilworth-Glyndon Felton Public Schools ask students, families and employees to don blue to show their appreciation.

Superintendents at both schools say they have school resource officers who've formed relationships with students, and wearing blue is a way to thank them for their work.

Wearing blue isn't the only way to show support. COPS says people can share something positive about law enforcement on social media, send a letter to local police, simply thank a police officer or change your Facebook profile picture.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there are about 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in the United States, and on average 146 are killed each year.

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