Lately, a negative light has been shed over police officers all around the United States.
Many people fail to recognize the job officers face in their day-to-day jobs. They spend the majority of their days chasing dangerous criminals who will use whatever means necessary to escape from coming under police control and just recently, many officers have been killed in the line of duty after gunmen opened fire on them while they were doing their jobs.
Earlier this month, five police officers were killed in the attack in Dallas when a sniper opened fire killing the five and injuring six more.
Just the other day, three police officers were killed and three others were injured in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, shooting.
According to FBI statistics, 41 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2015, a decline from previous years.
Very little appreciation is shown to those who protect the public from becoming victims, but a business in Altus is doing just that 5-9 p.m. Monday with Cosmic Bowling beginning at 7 p.m.
Town and Country Lanes is hosting a Police Bowl Free Police Officer Appreciation Night event for all members of the city, county and military police units. However, this event is for more than just police officers.
“This night is not just for the officers, but for their families as well. Family members may not wear a uniform, but they serve as well, just by being there and supporting them,” said alley manager Brent Mcknight. “When I was passing out the flyers last week, I was asked if dispatchers can come too. Of course — anyone who works for a law enforcement agency is welcome to bring their family. This also includes the sheriff’s department, highway patrol or even military police.”
It will be a night to honor the hard work and dedication put forth by local law enforcement agencies and it will give members of the public a chance to thank those who willingly risk their lives for public safety.
“Anyone is welcome to write thank you cards or notes of appreciation and drop them by the bowling alley,” Mcknight said. “We will give them to the officers that night. Or if anyone wants to make banners or decorations, we’ll take that too.”
Members of law enforcement need the support of their communities now more than ever. The events that have transpired over the last month have created tension between the general public and police officers and anxiety in precincts all over the country. Now is the time to come together as a community and give thanks for all they do to keep the people and streets of Altus safe.
If anyone within the Altus or surrounding communities would like to show appreciation to law enforcement officers, be sure to take part in this wonderful event.
For more information, contact Town and Country Lanes at 580-482-6614 or visit www.townandcountryok.com.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.