National Police Week activities for families
Activity #1 – Make an Officer’s DayA way to show your appreciation for your local law enforcement agency, and to involve your kids, is to make cookies or other treats, and deliver them with your kids to your local police station. Have your children make thank you cards to go along with this visit. Your local police will appreciate this more than you know.
Activity #2 – Learn About Famous Law Enforcement OfficersMany children’s books deal with the subject of police officers and law enforcement. Some you may be able to find at your local library include:
- A Day at the Police Station by Richard Scarry
- Police Officers on Patrol by Kersten Hamilton and R.W. Alley
- A Day in a Life of a Police Officer by Linda Hayward
- Officer down! The Officer Down Memorial Page honors fallen officers. With each officer listed, the site provides a bio of the officer, explaining how he or she died. This level of detail will make this week more significant to your older children. For your younger children, consider crafts, such as coloring, that focus on honoring the fallen officer.
- Find a local police hero. To see a list of fallen officers, see this state-by-state list of 286 officers who have died in the line of duty – 34 line-of-duty deaths in 2014 alone! Maybe there’s an officer on that list near your town that you and your kids can learn more about.
- Watch a police documentary. Many movies honor law enforcement or memorialize famous police officers. Good examples from Biography Channel include Eliot Ness, Donnie Brasco, Wild Bill Hickok, and Wyatt Earp.
- Google Frank Serpico. Yes, Serpico is not just a famous movie, but also a real life police officer. There’s plenty of online information about him.
- Find a celebrity cop! You and your children may be amazed at the number of famous people, such as actors, rock stars, and sports stars, who are or have been law enforcement officers. This site highlights them, including Ted Nugent, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, Elvis Presley, Dan Akroyd, and Lou Ferrigno.
- Learn About Important Dates in Law Enforcement History.
Activity #3 – Police Officers in the ClassroomTalk to your school’s principal or your child’s teacher about about National Police Week. They may be able to arrange for a police officer to visit the school or classroom to talk about careers in law enforcement, do a question & answer session with the kids about a day in the life of an officer, or to talk about police safety matters that involve children.
Activity #4 – Learn First Hand About Law Enforcement CareersThere’s a good chance that you, your friends, your pastor, or your school principal personally knows a police officer. Consider inviting one over for dinner, or out for a coffee: a chance for them to share with your family what it means to be a police officer and what a career in law enforcement can be like.
Activity #5 – Fundraise for PoliceWhether you create a fundraising activity as a family, as a neighborhood, as a school, or participate in existing fundraising activities, involving yourself or your children in generating funds to support fallen officers or other nonprofit law enforcement efforts is an effective way to make a difference.
As for existing fundraisers, you can commit during National Police Week week to participate (running, riding, or walking) in the 2014 Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember, taking place in October 11 and 12. Events include a 3K walk, a 5K run, and a 55-mile or 30-mile bike ride in Maryland and Washington D.C.
If you’re not a runner, walker, or rider, you can still participate as a donor or volunteer. If you want to participate but can’t make it to the D.C. area for the event, no problem; there will also be a virtual version of the 2014 Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember that lets you participate from wherever you are.
Other organizations you and your kids can create a fundraising effort for include:
Your participation and fundraising will honor the contribution and sacrifice law enforcement officers make every day.