Thank you Decatur Police Officers
I want to thank the 140 men and women of the Decatur Police Department that risk their lives every day to keep our city and its citizens safe. The heroic actions that you take daily are greatly appreciated, and words cannot fully describe the gratitude that we have for you protecting us.
Last week’s attempted murder of a police officer while they were doing paperwork in their vehicle was horrific and unacceptable. I am very thankful that the officer was unharmed, and that the perpetrator was arrested.
REDUCING CRIME IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT
The city continues to experience an increase in shootings. From Jan. - May 2021, shootings are up 33% compared to Jan. - May 2020 (61 vs. 46) and 2020 had a 104% increase in shootings compared to 2019. In the short-term, our police will continue to work tirelessly to both prevent and solve these shootings. In the long-term, we as a city must work together to address the long-standing challenges that may lead to criminal activity. If you see something, please say something. There are also anonymous ways to report crimes.
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO SAY THANK YOU TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS
At a time when the number of shootings is increasing across the country, the number of police officers is decreasing. Rather than being attacked verbally and physically, and being dehumanized, our officers should be thanked. If the opportunity presents itself, please thank our police for their service.