Who do you call if there's a burglar in your home, if your car has been stolen, if you see a terrible car wreck or just about any situation where you or someone you care about is in danger?
Chances are it is the police.
It's an often thankless and dangerous job for people, who like us, hope to return home at the end of the work day to see their husbands, wives, kids or parents.
The week of May 12-18 has been designated as National Police Week, and Law Enforcement Recognition Week in Linn County.
Take a moment to thank the officers in blue for their service to the community. Post an anecdote in a blog, say thanks in the comment section below, and upload a photo or video.
You can also show your support by flying a blue ribbon from your vehicle antenna.
According to the Peace Week website, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
In Linn County, the Linn County Board of Supervisors will officially proclaim the week of May 12-18 as Law Enforcement Recognition Week in Linn County.
Here is a note from Linn County:
During this week across America, thousands of blue ribbons will fly from vehicle antennas as a reminder of law enforcement personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice and in honor of those men and women who serve their communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year in and year out.
Law Enforcement Recognition Week is an opportunity to publicly thank officers, past and present, for their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities and service to their communities and citizens.