Nearly 100 area police gathered in Bluff Hole Park in Mulberry on May 18 to enjoy food and mingle as part of the city’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter proclaimed Friday, May 18, as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in recognition of National Police Week.

“Nationally, there are ups and downs about law enforcement,” Baxter said, “but here we value the men and women that put on the uniform and go out there every day to protect the citizens of this area. We want to show our appreciation for the sacrifices they make.”

Law enforcement officers who attended the event were treated to live music, a free lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers, and the chance to meet with officers from other agencies.

Agencies represented at the event included officers from area cities, Arkansas State Police and Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

“It’s great that they did this and brought everyone together to talk and visit,” said Crawford County Chief Deputy Jim Damante. “It makes you feel good because a lot of times people don’t get to see all that we do. We know they appreciate us, but they don’t always get to show it, so this is nice.”

State Rep. Charlotte Douglas and Sen. Bryan King also attended the event.

“It’s great to honor law enforcement - they certainly earn our respect,” King said. “It’s a difficult job to go out every day and put your life on the line. We want to show we appreciate them.”

“We’re fortunate to have these people of integrity that protect the citizens of Crawford County each day,” Douglas said. “We’re proud of the job they’re doing.”