The 2nd Annual National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day will be held this Saturday, January 9, at Neptune Twp. High School’s Performing Arts Academy hosted by Garden State C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Surviving Police Survivors) and the NJ State Police Survivors of the Triangle. Law Enforcement Appreciation Day gives the citizens of NJ the opportunity to show law enforcement officers that we recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen in public service to us all.

What can you do to support our men and women in blue?
• Tell your friends and family about LEAD Day.
• Say thank you to a police officer.
• Stop by your local Department with a handmade gift.
• Come down to the Performing Arts Center at Neptune Township High School and show your support in person.

Garden State C.O.P.S. created the first $1000 Essay Competition open to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of NJ. The essay topic was “Why law enforcement is important to me?” and the winners have been announced:

Girl Scouts: 1st Prize, $350, Cassandra Todd, Troop #30402, Atco, NJ; 2nd Prize, $100, Jessenia Maldonado, Troop #80218 Perth Amboy, NJ; and 3rd Prize, $50, Rebecca Murphy, Troop #64110 Mullica Hill, NJ.

Boy Scouts: 1st Prize, $350, John Kubowicz, Cub Scout Pack 305, Kearny, NJ; 2nd Prize, $100, Matt Matula, Troop 49, Eatontown, NJ.

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