Some law enforcement seeing an increase in appreciation

Law enforcement seeing more community support
Published: Sep. 17, 2015 at 1:39 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2015 at 1:45 AM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - In wake of several shootings of police officers around the country, some Heartland law enforcement officers have seen an outpouring of support.

Spend some time around the Missouri State Highway Patrol booth at the SEMO District Fair and it becomes clear.

"This is my 5th SEMO fair, I think I've done 10 state fairs in Sedalia," MSHP Sergeant Clark Parrott said. "There's always that 'we appreciate you' but this year it seems like it's more of a concerted effort."

At a time when law enforcement and community relations are in the spotlight, several people took time to shake hands with the troopers and say 'thank you.'

"I got family in law enforcement and I know what they are going through must be pretty difficult," fair-goer Curtis Jensen said. "So we all appreciate what they're doing taking care of us."

For troopers, even the simplest gesture does not go unnoticed.

"The climate right now is not real positive depending how you look at it," Parrott said. "It's nice to have the appreciation and thanking us for a thankless job."

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