ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is an exceptional day for the Albany Police Department.
On January 1st, Albany businesses were encouraged to display signs thanking law enforcers. Some continue to show their thanks.
"This is a very hard job to do and many folks don't understand that. And for our officers to be told they are appreciated, it's wonderful to hear that," said Albany Police Chief John Proctor.
Lee County sign company Matrix Department created yard signs for people to display in support of law enforcement.
"We've got an initial order of 10 but we have about another 30 coming, that's about how much demand we are getting for these signs," said Matthew Shoemaker with Matrix Department.
He said that he was glad to help with the effort.
"It was a great positive initiative for the community for small business to say thank you to the hard working men and women of law enforcement in this town," said Shoemaker. "I thought it was a good idea."
The Albany Police Department is part of a small percentage of agencies to meet the high standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
"There's so many professional standards that we have to adhere to that guide what we do. Many places across the country don't have the certification that we have," said Proctor.
To Protect and serve is the number one goal for Albany Police.
"They expect us to be the ones that stand in the gap to protect them from all that evil that is happening in this world," Proctor said.
He added that a 'thank you' on any day is rewarding for officers.