LAKE OZARK, Mo. — The Lake Ozark Police Department was among several area law enforcement agencies to get a big “thank you” from the Camdenton-based Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) recently as part of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) on Jan. 9.
Students from Lake Career and Technical College (LCTC) in Camdenton joined with C.O.P.S. staff to offer their thanks, appreciation and respect to law enforcement personnel for their dedication and service to their communities.
“There has been so much negative publicity about law enforcement in recent years, so we decided to do something to show support and appreciation for what they do,” Susie Sapp, C.O.P.S. marketing specialist, said. “Officers put their lives on the line every day and they deserve our support and recognition for the sacrifices they make. This is the fifth year for L.E.A.D. and is a nationwide event.”
Lori Matthes, special events coordinator from C.O.P.S., and Chris Edgar, a CSI and Law Enforcement Instructor at LCTC and reserve officer with the Camdenton Police Department, helped coordinate the visit to lake-area departments.
Sapp noted that President Trump also recognized Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in public remarks.
C.O.P.S. and LCTC delivered gift baskets, flowers, donuts and other gifts of appreciation to the LOPD, Osage Beach, Camdenton and Linn Creek police departments and the Camden County Sheriff’s Department. Other C.O.P.S. staff took gifts to law enforcement agencies including the Ozark Police Department, Nixa Police Department, Christian County Sheriff's Office, Nixa School Resource Officers, Ozark School Resource Officers, Sunrise Beach Police Department, Eldon Police Department, Lebanon Police Department and the Miller County and Laclede County Sheriff’s Departments.