Simi Valley Says “No” To Negative Police Rhetoric
There has been too much negativity directed towards law enforcement across this nation in the past few years and this did not sit well with Mayor Bob Huber, Simi Valley, CA.
During a city council meeting last fall, Mayor Huber suggested posting signs throughout the community that show support for the Simi Valley Police Department. It didn’t take long for the wheels of government to roll forward with this idea.
On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the Simi Valley City Council unveiled signs that read “Simi Valley Supports Our Cops” that will be posted at 20 locations, including areas adjacent to freeway on and off-ramps. The City Council unanimously approved adding the signs during its November 16, 2015 meeting. The signs are blue with a “thumbs up” icon.
“Simi Valley police officers are the unsung guardians of the lifestyle our community prides itself on,” said Mayor Bob Huber. “We often take for granted feeling safe in Simi Valley, and we have our hardworking police department to thank for that. These signs are a small gesture so our officers know they are appreciated.”
The sign unveiling took place in time for the signs to be posted across the community prior to Police Appreciation Day, on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Police Appreciation Day is set aside for residents to show their appreciation and to counteract recent negativity directed towards law enforcement. Mayor Huber stated “I encourage all residents on Police Appreciation Day and throughout the year, to thank a police officer, or give them a ‘thumbs up’ so they know they have your support.”
“The members of the Simi Valley Police Department are grateful to serve a supportive community that prides itself on safety and helps law enforcement by being proactive,” said Police Chief Mitch McCann.
The “Simi Supports Our Cops” signs were made possible by a donation from the Simi Valley Police Foundation. Simi Valley is located in Ventura County, 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Author Joseph May is a commander with the Simi Valley Police Department. He is considered an executive officer of the police administration.