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Posted on: January 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Cole issues Proclamation for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Mayor Cole issues Proclamation for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

La Vergne officials are joining the thousands of cities across the country who are recognizing law enforcement agencies for the annual National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.).

Mayor Jason Cole presented a proclamation to the La Vergne Police Department tonight in honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.The City joins countless communities across the nation in recognizing the work and contributions of our police officers and the positive impact they make all day, every day to our city. Police Chief Mike Walker accepted the proclamation on behalf of the La Vergne Police Department.

L.E.A.D. is organized every year by the Concerns of Police Surveyors (COPS) and was founded in 2015 as a way to thank officers across the country for all their sacrifices to protect and serve the communities they are in.

Citizens are encouraged to show support for their local and national law enforcement agencies. There are several ways for citizens to show their support but citizens are asked to wear blue today, send cards of support to local police departments or state agencies, share personal stories of encounters with law enforcement on social media and/or participate in Project Blue Light. Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer.

“I want to thank all those men and women who work hard every day, serving our local communities, our county and our state,” says Mayor Jason Cole. “I hope every resident of La Vergne, when they see a law enforcement officer today, will thank them for their service.”

LPD is made up of 69 sworn officers and 20 non-sworn police personnel. There are three divisions including patrol division, special investigations bureau and support services division. In 2019 LPD responded to 48,092 calls for service and the overall crime rate is down 10.1%.

Interested in becoming a police officer?

The first step to becoming an LPD police officer is to submit an application through the City of La Vergne website ( Candidates are vetted before being invited to participate in on-site field testing. Selected candidates who are not POST certified will be required to attend the police academy before being sworn in as official officers. Other non-sworn positions such as emergency communications specialists and positions in the records division can be applied for on the website as they become available.

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