Sometimes a simple thank you goes a long way.

Representatives from Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) — a national nonprofit helping families of officers killed in the line of duty which happens to be headquartered in Camdenton — hope it helps law enforcement feel supported as they go about their daily tasks.

To mark Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, local C.O.P.S. representatives along with a few of the students in the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Program at Lake Career and Technical Center in Camdenton visited multiple lake area agencies, bringing with them heartfelt appreciation for the difficult but necessary tasks officers deal with.

Oh, and they also brought doughnuts — and a few other treats. But really, nothing says appreciation like a little sugar.

“With all the negativity in the media the past few years, it’s important to remind officers all over that the majority of people support them. What better way to show that then simply TELLING them that when we see them out in public. Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is just one day, but the idea of the day is meant to carry over for all 365 days of the year,” said C.O.P.S. representative Sara Slone.

“They most certainly have difficult tasks and they never know how their day is going to go, but they also are faced with the difficult schedule and long hours. They miss holidays, birthdays, sporting games. They miss the ‘normal’ time with their families. Law enforcement families are so strong because they seem to just adjust to the above mentioned. But they know their officers are heroes and they are doing good in the community.“

Lake Ozark, Osage Beach, Linn Creek and Camdenton police departments as well as Miller County and Camden County sheriff’s departments all got a visit Tuesday morning despite the questionable winter weather.

By Amy Wilson | Lake News Online