Making A Difference: Backing The Blue

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LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - At a time when police officers across the nation are dealing with several situations involving their own officers, Laredoans are coming together.

Over the past several weeks, there has been a lot of outreach to local law enforcement.

The job of a police officer is not easy but you could say it's become a lot more difficult in today's day and age, as officers have recently become the targets of violence.

Laredoans are banding together and reaching out to our local law enforcement to let them know just how much they're appreciated.

"We want to remind you why you do what you do, and you're always in our hearts and our prayers"

It's a special afternoon at the Laredo Police Department, full of donuts, smores and free hugs.

"We brought them snacks, we brought them cards to show that we are thankful", said Fatima Zepeda.

It's an event the Girl Scout Troop 9181 put together as a way of saying 'thank you.'

"The police department's been in a really hard place, and they really need some support to help them go forth", said Gemma Santa Maria.

The girls came up with the idea to show Laredo Police how much they appreciate all they do.

The scouts saluted as officers walked in and shared a prayer with the department before passing out cards and treats.

"Just the way one person caused so much hurt throughout our nation, it also takes one person to make a difference", said Lupita Gutierrez.

"It doesn't happen every day for the officers who are on patrol, it's very rare that people are happy to see them but the girls made such a great effort to show how much they appreciate them", said Joe Baeza.

The recent police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, on the minds of Laredo officers.

The girl scouts aren't the only ones reaching out local law enforcement.

A few weeks ago, the Nuestra Gente Adult Daycare put a celebration together for police.

The local sames dealership passed out yeti cups to officers on patrol.
And Laredo Harley Davidson employees offered free lunch to all first responders.

"I think it's important for them to know that we do stand behind them and we do support them so we just put together this little event for them as well", said Rene Zacarias.

Just a few ways Laredoans are showing they back local law enforcement.

Gestures that go a long way in a sometimes thankless job.

"These types of events really do help quite a bit to restore their faith, hey you know what, this is what it's all about", said Joe Baeza.

The police department says dozens of local groups and individuals have reached out to them over the past several week.

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