Sometimes the acrimony surrounding police is puzzling for many of us who live in communities that support the police and cops support them back above and beyond their time on the clock.
I saw it firsthand years ago serving on the McHenry County Police Charities board. Watching officers take kids, who might not otherwise have much of a Christmas, on a gift shopping spree was one of the highlights of my season.
Issues you read about in more urban environments are complex. There are perceptions, partially true and often false, that can be difficult to navigate and some paint police with broad strokes. This happens to people in many professions, but people in those professions don’t face the physical risks that police officers face – often in emotionally charged environments.
Here in McHenry County, people generally appreciate cops. That’s a good place to start. There’s a great opportunity Friday to show your support for local police and, just as importantly, show support for a cause that’s been near and dear to police officers’ hearts for many years.
Local police and police across the nation are huge supporters of Special Olympics and this Friday, Crystal Lake and Algonquin officers will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse, 835 Cog Circle, in Crystal Lake.
The meal that includes a pulled-pork sandwich, corn, fresh-baked bread with honey-cinnamon butter and a drink is free but diners are asked to make a donation to Special Olympics.
It’s an easy way to show your support for local police, make a difference and sneak out of the office for a bit on a Friday.