It has been a tough few months for Central Georgia law enforcement and law enforcement agencies across the country.
As the holidays approach, the Warner Robins Police Department has a message for the people of this community that have rallied around them.
It is a message of thanks.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Warner Robins and at the Law Enforcement Center they have a lot to be thankful for this year.
“Thankful that we do have the support from the community, I'm thankful that we live in a community that gives, that wants to help, that cares for each other. I am thankful for that,” said Assistant Chief John Wagner.
Wagner says the community has not stopped showing its support for the department since the Dallas police shootings over the summer.
It continued when two deputies were killed in Peach County. Wagner says the acts of violence against police take a toll on them every time they happen.
“That's a brother to us, that's a sister to us. They're family, we're family in blue,” Wagner said in his office.
That's why the WRPD wants to thank the community for the letters, the signs, the food, and the compassion they've received since the summer from the people here in Central Georgia. They are thankful for not just what comes into the department, but also what happens out on the streets.
“I can't tell you how many times someone has anonymously bought my lunch when I'm out eating. The day before yesterday I was out McDonald's and the car in front of me paid for my meal. You know, and so, that's not-- I mean, it's good to say that's not uncommon,” said Lieutenant Jeff McCommon.
Wagner and McCommon say they think the department does a good job interacting with the public every day. That's why when the bad days happen they have each other's back.
And, it's a reason to be thankful.
Police spokeswoman Jennifer Parson said the department gets calls almost daily from people telling them thank you or offering to bring by food or other types of thank you’s.