Officials urge public to say ‘thanks’ to police Saturday
On Saturday, First Selectman Michael Tetreau wants Fairfielders to take a moment and thank a cop.
At Wednesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Tetreau read a proclamation declaring Saturday “National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.”
“It’s important for every community to show all individuals who work in law enforcement that their efforts are appreciated,” Tetreau said. He suggested people send letters or cards of thanks to police, or post stories of positive interactions with law-enforcement personnel on social media.
“Often, when we start thinking public safety, we look globally,” Police Chief Gary MacNamara said. “What we always ask this community to do is look locally.”
MacNamara said the Police Department responds to more than 44,000 calls for service a year, but that doesn’t include all the interactions the public has with officers that aren’t a result of service call. “We could not do what we do without community support,” the police chief said.
The men and women of the local police force, MacNamara said, are available 24 hours a day. “We spend a lot of time preparing for the things we hope never happen,” he said. “I could not do the job I do without the 108 other people in the department.”
MacNamara also took the opportunity to ask for a moment of silence for two of the town’s police officers who died in the line of duty — Officer James Cavanaugh, struck by a vehicle in 1966, and Sheriff Michael Pike, killed in 1894 trying to apprehend a suspect at the downtown train station.