Local police and state troopers in the area are getting care packages from a committee of wives and friends for National Thank A Police Officer day on Friday.
Felicia Junod said this is the sixth year that local supporters have assembled gifts.
“We started with 13 departments originally and 100 officers,” she said.
“The Alle-Kiski Valley team has just grown,” said Junod, the wife of an Allegheny Township patrolman.
The day was established in 2012 by the Whole Truth Project, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to promoting pro-police messaging.
Last year, the Alle-Kiski team delivered gifts, such as cookies and plaques saying thank you, to nearly 50 police departments with more than 850 officers in Allegheny, Westmoreland and Armstrong counties.
The treat bags include thank you art from students, a thank you note and copy of the police officer’s prayer, as well as note pads, pens, hand sanitizers “stuff they usually have to buy for themselves,” she said.
Greensburg, Kiski, Kittanning and Gibsonia state troopers are getting the gifts this year as well.
The team also collected packets of a gauze packet with blood clotting powder.
“Some officers have to buy their own. And what would happen if the officers have some but are at a mass causality event. We pray they never are, but we want to help,” she said.
Citizens are asked to say hello and thanks to officers on Friday, she said.
Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.