LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel Police Department was honored for its service to the community this afternoon.
The Patriots Stand with Law Enforcement Organization hosted the event and wanted to show their support to these men and women who put their lives on the line every day.
Members of the organization brought flags and were dressed in camouflage as they stood with the Laurel Police officers.
"It's the least we can do to show our support for them and just a general message that we support our law enforcement and we'll be here every day to defend them and protect them from harm," said member Stacy Mullen.
The group also gave the police officers free lunch and brought T-shirts to thank the department for protecting the community. Laurel Police Chief Tyrone Stewart said little acts of kindness like this go a long way.
"It's unbelievable, and Lord knows we need it at a time likes this and we need that support because these men and women put their lives on the line every day," Stewart said.
Members of the Patriots want the police officers to know that they have their backs and want to make sure members of the community treat them with respect. Stewart said he's seen Patriots park by police officers when they make traffic stops to make sure they don't get hurt on the job.
"The guy or woman would just sit there and watch the traffic stop and make sure the officers are okay and that means a lot to me because at the end of the day we want everyone to come home safe," Stewart said.
Members of the Patriots said they will continue to support other police departments in the state and said anyone is welcome to join them.
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