AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Tensions between the public and law enforcement continue to play out across the nation, sparking controversy and support for local departments. Support has largely won out in Amarillo and for the Amarillo Police Department, now the department is showing the love right back.
A two minute video was posted on YouTube on Thursday by the Amarillo Police Officer Association. The video showed different sergeants, corporals, and officers just saying "Thank You" to you.
"We want you the public to know what you mean to us," said Sergeant Carla Burr form the video.
She and a few other officer came up with the idea.
"The past couple of months have been really amazing here in Amarillo," said Burr. "The public has been coming by and dropping off goodies and everywhere we go, officers are being told how much the city loves us how much they really appreciate us."
To some officers, it's the most public support they've seen in several years, making their job even more worth while.
"Especially for our families," said Corporal Kenneth Donais with the Amarillo Police Department. "They are more concerned as ever about us going to work every night and concerned we're going to come home safe ... and they're very much appreciative that everyone in the community is thinking of us that way."
Burr and other officers are hoping the video will close any potential gaps between the community and the officers.
"We're trying to get more officers to do more volunteers type things and let the public see not only are we police officers in the community, but we're also just apart of the community and we live here and enjoy the same things that everyone else enjoys," said Burr.
The video has gained over 2,300 views since it was first posted on Thursday.
To watch the full video click here.