thank a police officer day 2021 {easy last minute ways to show your appreciation}

Thank A Police Officer Day (TAPO Day) is always observed the 3rd Saturday in September. This year, that falls on September 18th. If you’re like me, you’re just now realizing that’s less than two weeks away. Golly, 2020 and 2021 have been ones for the books, but they still seem to fly by! Or, if you’re wondering “isn’t TAPO Day in January?” you’re probably thinking of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which is in January, or maybe Police Week, which is typically in May. Phew! That’s a lot to keep track of-no wonder TAPO Day snuck up on us.

For TAPO Day each year I typically make a few free printables to share with yall and bake a few small goodies to send into work with my officer. In my opinion, it’s the perfect way to show that we care-without too much stress or spending a ton of money.

If you’re looking for fun and easy ways to show your appreciation to your local officers, think about putting together goodie bags, a small gift, or paying for their coffee or meal. If you’re gifting care packages to departments you’re not familiar with, I suggest using packaged goodies like granola bars, store bought muffins, and Gatorades. If you’re showing appreciation to your own department or other officers you know (and they allow homemade goodies), some of my favorite treats to make are my thin blue line brownies or blue line brownie sandwiches. Cookies, bars, and muffins are also easy to make and distribute. I typically prefer to support small shops when picking gifts (especially those owned by fellow blue families!) but if you’re like me and wait until the last minute to shop, sometimes Amazon Prime is the best option. You can find some of my favorite blue gift ideas here.

Whether you whip up some goodies, buy a few gifts, or just pass out these cards, here’s some simple but meaningful printables to share with your community this TAPO Day. Remember-just a smile and a simple “I appreciate you” means the world in the current climate our officers are working in!

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