CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Heartland communities are celebrating National Police Week Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21.
When Cape Girardeau officers got to work on Monday morning, there were yard signs reading, "Thank you officers" posted out front of the police department. The signs are signed simply "John Q."
While officers don't know who put them there, they aren't the only signs of support that have local officers feeling appreciated.
"We've got great support. I love working for this city," Lieutenant Smith said.
"The community really gets behind us," Officer Tillman said.
"It's a good reminder that people are out there on your side," Officer Droege said.
This week, a simple 'thank you' is really going a long way.
"Send a thank you card, buy a cup of coffee for an officer, just tell them 'thank you' when you see them," Chelsea Houseman said.
Houseman has organized prayer events and fundraisers for officers. She said showing our support, this week especially, the least we can do.
"They and their families have given a sacrifice to you know have their husbands, wives, brothers, whatever they are, to be out there for the community to protect and serve us," Houseman said.
That's why local businesses like Chick-fil-A are going all out.
"When we are asked to go the first mile, we should volunteer to go the second mile also, in the same part of the bible where it talks about turning the other cheek, and we take that serious here," Marketing Director Katie VanDeventer said.
"Back the Blue" is happening all week. Customers can buy t-shirts to support injured officers, write thank you cards and grab a prayer list of officers.
"Just letting our local heroes in blue know that we have their back and we support them as a community," VanDeventer said.
Texas Roadhouse showed support by bringing lunch to the police station. They're all small gestures that make a big impact on those who serve and protect.
"It just makes the whole job so much easier when you have the support of the community," Lieutenant Smith said.