BRAWLEY, Calif. – The community is holding a special event to honor local police officers, in light of recent police shootings across the country.
They are holding “Honor A Hero”, an event this Saturday to show their appreciation for law enforcement. The event will be at Brownie’s Diner from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
“Coffee and pastries for everybody to come and say thank you, show their appreciation to our officers,” said Gracie Romero, with the Brawley Chamber of Commerce.
Brawley police chief, Michael Crankshaw, approves of the greet and meet occasion.
“It allows the community and the police that serves that community an opportunity to have some one-on-one time, strengthen the partnerships,” Crankshaw said.
The tragic police shooting events have made an impact on how local police go about their daily work, according to Crankshaw.
“That are going out and talking with people, they are changing their strategies sometimes as far as how they approach people, how they approach calls for service,” Crankshaw said.
Brawley Mayor Don Wharton said Saturday’s event is an outcry of community support.
“That wanted to do something. I think part of this is just the need and the want to make a personal connection,” Wharton said.
Wharton sees local officers as positive role models.
“They positively affect our youth our kids who get a positive impression of what law enforcement does,” Wharton said.
For Romero, the event stems from personal gratitude for the dedication she sees in police officers.
“Take care of us. They make sure that people are following the rules, obeying the law,” Romero said.