Support, organized and spontaneous, pours in for ArkLaTex law enforcement

Published: Sep. 10, 2015 at 10:46 PM CDT
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Words of support from children line the station walls.
Words of support from children line the station walls.
Words of support from children line the station walls.
Words of support from children line the station walls.
Shreveport police say the community is going out of their way to show their support.
Shreveport police say the community is going out of their way to show their support.

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Law enforcement across the ArkLaTex have seen a surge of support, following the deaths of police officers and deputies across the country killed in the line of duty.

A Webster Parish boutique is doing their part to support law enforcement. The store called "Southern Sass" in downtown Minden is giving out blue light bulbs. They hoped to give out all 100 bulbs by 6 p.m. Friday. Store co-owner Jordan Colvin says they were inspired by C&C electric giving out the blue light bulbs.  "I know nobody else in Webster Parish has done this yet," said Colvin.

"We hope to pull the community together, by people paying tribute to our first responders and police officers, and not only them, but our military and fallen military as well," she said. "Without our police officers or first responders, the world would be more crazy than it already is," she added.

Shreveport police say they've been feeling the appreciation from the community lately. Words of support from children line the station walls.

"We want to thank our citizens for doing an awesome job for supporting us," said Shreveport police spokesman Cpl. Marcus Hines.

Prior to the interview, KSLA News 12 witnessed Hines experience the support first-hand when a 3-year-old girl handed him a flower and gave him a hug.

Cpl. Hines says actions like that make it all worth it. "It reminds you of how you are here, why we do this job," he said.

"I love police officers," said 3-year-old Madison Huck. When asked why she gave Hines the flower, she responded, "because I wanted to give him a flower."

"You can't make this stuff up, this child, who has never seen me, out of the kindness of her heart, just walks up and says here is a flower," Cpl. Hines explained. "I mean that makes you want to work even harder, because you are out here to serve and protect these citizens."

Madison Huck was with her family at the police station delivering a painting she helped make that says, "We love police."

"They protect us, they do whatever they can to make sure we are okay, we should at least support them," said Madison's mom Cati Huck, who explained they also delivered thank you cards to the department not too long ago.

"There's no script, it is not an act, it is genuine love and concern for your police department and we really appreciate that," said Cpl. Hines.

Former police dispatcher Debra Kelly is hoping to ramp up even more support for law enforcement by re-launching a police support group called "We Back the Badge - Supporters of the Shield."

"These men and woman they put a gun on their hip, a badge on their chest and say nothing is going to get you tonight," she said. "So it is important that us as the community, that we come together and say, 'Look, we know they don't pay you a lot, but we've got your back.'"

She explained the cause is important to her. "They are my family and they always will be."

Kelly explained members of the group will encourage the public to become involved by helping with fundraisers to help purchase needed equipment for law enforcement officers, such as the belt trauma kits.  Supporters will also help with hospitality during critical incidents and speak out in support of law enforcement to the city council and other city leaders.

"We just want to make sure the community knows, they have a place they can go to show support for their officers," she said.

If you would like to get involved, "We Back the Badge, Supporters of the Shield" will have a meeting Saturday September 10, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
They will meet at the Shreve Memorial Library Downtown Branch.

Other events are also planned to honor law enforcement:

  • On Friday, September. 11 2015 at 5:30 pm there will be a gathering at the flag pole in downtown Minden, La. to include Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton, Minden Police Chief  Steve Cropper, Sibley Police Chief. Sibley Mayor various Minden and Webster elected officials, many local ministers and members of the community for the purpose of prayer for the families of recent fallen officers and for the safety and a show of community support for law enforcement and first responders.
  • Monday from 6:00-6:30 p.m., Bossier Sheriff Jullian Whittington will host a "We've Got Your Back Prayer Rally for local law enforcement. The event will be on the north parking lot of Airline High School.

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