CLARK, NJ – Thursday, January 9, 2020 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.  According to the National Calendar Day website, a group of community and professional organizations came together in 2015 to create the day to recognize officers across the country.

In recognition of the day, some supporters wear blue, others post accolades on social media for loved ones who wear blue or write letters of appreciation.

One glance through the Clark PD Facebook page shows residents and local businesses continuously dropping off care packages to officers and staff as a sign of their appreciation throughout the year. Words of thanks for the outpouring from the community often top the posts on their page.

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Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos and his officers are proponents of community-policing.  During Monday night’s Township Reorganization Meeting he thanked his officers for all of their efforts to attend and staff events over the last year such as the Halloween Spooktacular, Halloween patrol car, National Night Out and Family Movie Night.  Matos shared that many times his officers come to these events on their own time, just to be a part of the community they serve.

Mayor Bonaccorso shared his appreciation of the Clark Police Department and their ability to work well with residents. “They work hard to serve the citizens of this town, and to understand them which allows them to help and serve them so well,” he said.

Bonaccorso went on to talk about the state of policing for law enforcement officers nowadays and his awareness of what it means for the Clark PD.  “In today’s world, we have to always worry about their safety, even in our small town and I pray for them every day,” said Bonaccorso.

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