WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ. – The Navajo Police Department celebrates National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D), a national day of recognition of law enforcement officers across the United States.
The Navajo Police Department has 200 dedicated police officers who patrol and answer calls of service for the Navajo Nation. The Navajo reservation is over 27,000 square miles with a land area that expands into Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. The department has seven police districts within the reservation that covers 110 chapter communities. The districts are located in Window Rock, Dilkon, Tuba City, Chinle and Kayenta for the Arizona/Utah region whereas the Shiprock and Crownpoint district cover communities in New Mexico.
“January 9 is recognized as a national day of appreciation to show support for police officers who selflessly serve and sacrifice themselves every day to protect our communities. I am extremely thankful for the dedicated officers we have with the Navajo Police Department. As police officers, we encounter dangerous and traumatic situations on a daily basis to keep our communities safe. I want to thank our officers and all those across the nation for the work they do. As always, we are grateful for the families who stand behind us and the community members who support and encourage us every day.” Chief Phillip Francisco said.
National Law Enforcement Day is celebrated across the country every year on January 9th as a day to show support for law enforcement. Citizens are encouraged to show their support by wearing blue, sending a card of support to their local police department or state agency, share a positive story on social media, participate in Project Blue Light and display your blue light in support of law enforcement. More importantly, if you see an officer, thank them for all they do.