BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Sunday kicks off National Police Week, and communities across Louisiana will be honoring local law enforcement as a part of the festivities.
"I mean, what would a community be without fireman and policeman," said Tom Schreeder, pastor of the Grace Baptist Church. "It'd be anarchy. It would be destruction, and these guys stand between us and all of those things."
Officers were honored at the church with a special service and lunch on Sunday.
"It seems like they've been getting a lot of heat lately," said Schreeder. "And we still appreciate what they do. And, you know, they're people."
Church members displayed ribbons on their cars to celebrate the work of local law enforcement... blue for police and red for fire.
Officials say they enjoy getting appreciation from the community.
"It lets everyone in the community know that firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMS personnel, all of our public safety personnel, are truly here to serve",
said Dan Wallis, the Assistant State Fire Chief of Louisiana. This is just one of the first celebrations in Louisiana for National Police Week.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared that the week following May fifteenth would be recognized as a time to commemorate all those who serve in law enforcement.
"A lot of times, we do not get recognized and for people to take their time and their effort to tell us how much they appreciate it. It says a lot," said Danny Kimble, the Zachary Fire Chief.
National Police week runs through Saturday.