CONWAY, Ark — Conway Police said several community members are showing them just how much they appreciate them in light of the recent deadly police shootings in our nation.
With their hands filled with a sandwich platter and huge cake, Debbie Sanders and a friend make their way through the Conway Police Department.
Sanders places the cake on a table and opens up the top, red letters read ‘Thank You For All Your Service to the Community.’
“We can’t appreciate them enough for everything they do everyday,” said Sanders.
Sanders works nearby and said she felt moved to bring the gifts to CPD after the deadly cop shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
“It just breaks my heart to think that we can’t stand behind our police officers,” said Sanders.
Police chief Jody Spradlin said Sanders is not the only community member to show appreciation.
“Thanks so much for your professional and dedicated service,” said Spradlin, as he reads a letter.
“We pray for the safety of you and your families and you are value.”
It’s one of dozens officers have gotten in the last few weeks.
“During a time when our officers may feel like it’s kind of an us against them, people have really stepped up in Conway and showing us that they really do support us and what we do for them,” said Spradlin.
Cell video captured Monday showed church members in Downtown Conway playing bag pipes and praying for law enforcement.
“It is kind of overwhelming,” said Spradlin. “That’s very important to our officers as they go out everyday and answer these calls that they have to go to.”
Sanders said cops deserve the reassurance.
“They are always doing things for us,” said Sanders.
The police department said it’s working on a way to have the community and officers come together, where each side can discuss important issues that work towards making the community better.
No dates have been set on when that meeting will take place.