With recent attacks on police officers in Texas and Louisiana, one local group wants to let the Richmond Hill Police Department know how much it is appreciated.
A “Blue Line Luncheon” is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Richmond Hill City Center.
“With everything going on and all the negativity toward the police, we wanted to shine a light on our officers who do so much to protect our city,” said Caitlin Young, catering and conference sales manager at the venue.
Young said the RHPD is “near and dear” to her heart as her father, Jessie Gonzales, has been an officer there since 2011.
“It’s just a nice way for the officers to come in and enjoy a nice meal whether they’re on shift or not and let the public recognize them for what they do,” Young said.
The event is open to the public. Cost is $15 for residents and $13 for city employees. There is no charge for RHPD officers.
Young said a portion of the proceeds will be given to the department to go toward equipment purchases.
“We want them to know we’re here for them,” she said.
Police Chief Billy Reynolds said the department appreciates the lunch and other kind gestures people have shown officers recently. The department’s Facebook page includes recent updates of people dropping off snacks and bottled water to the department.
“You hear about bad stuff regarding law enforcement, so it’s nice to be recognized for doing a good job,” Reynolds said. “We’re very thankful for the community we live in.”
You can RSVP for the luncheon by Wednesday afternoon by calling (912) 445-0043 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.