Community rally in support of police officers

Community rally in support of police officers

LAWTON, Okla._Hundreds gathered to show their support for law enforcement at the "Back the Blue rally" at a Southwest Lawton church.

People came out to enjoy food, games, and a car show at the St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Organizers say the goal of the event is to show their support, but also to give local children a chance to know that police are the good guys and will be there if they ever need help.

Lawton police officer Timothy Jenkins says he knows from personal experience that positive interaction with the community helps him do his job.

"I take great pride in what I do and I want to show the people that hey I care and I am here if you need anything ask me anything. Questions or anything like that. I am here to help. I want to be a part of this. I want to be a part of my community," said Jenkins.

Community member Samantha Hally says she "Backs the Blue" because she knows they will be there for people like her and her children when they need them.

"The interaction they have or what they see on television isn't always positive and we want to make sure that they have a positive outlook and that they know that these officers are here to help them and when they do need that help that they can go straight to them and not be afraid and not worry," said Hally.

Community members say Saturday's event is just a small way they can show their support for police officers and other emergency personnel who do so much for them on a daily basis.