Police across the nation have been the target of protests and violence in recent months, but Keith Mann, a New York businessman, and his wife, Keely, are attempting to show their appreciation instead. As the New York Police Department (NYPD) has been a recent target of such adversity, the Manns sent lunch to the 54th Street precinct twice already this year. “Our officers deserve to be thanked for their service, not attacked in their attempts to keep people safe,” says Mann. “Police men have families too and are people just like you and me behind those uniforms.”
Mann is especially sensitive to the humanity of officers because his uncle is a detective in Staten Island. He says that citizens should be helping the police rather than standing in the way of their efforts as police are trained to respond to difficult situations that most will never encounter. Others feel the same way, as evidenced by a rally for the NYPD in January in which 150 people came out to show their support and by similar rallies that have been held across the United States.
Supporters believe that it is time for the silent majority who still support the police to speak up and make their voices heard. Mann agrees and hopes that others will use even the simplest of actions to show support of those who put their lives on the line to protect citizens each day. Mann, who is currently the CEO of Dynamics Search Partners (DSP), which assists clients in hiring investment, marketing and internal strategy professionals, hopes that such support for police will be continued by others who put their appreciation into some form of action.
The information for this article was originally reported on CBS 8 and can be found at this link.