In 2014, President Liz Gerads recognized the need to boost morale among law enforcement officers after several officers she talked to said they rarely received a simple “thank you.” After a conversation with Vice President Lisa DePasquale, they came up with the idea to collect thank you notes to distribute to law enforcement officials.
A simple project to gather 200 notes for local officers soon turned into 8,000 notes to distribute throughout the State of Minnesota, then across the nation.
With the positive feedback, Operation Thank an Officer was born. It’s purpose: aiming to thank officers all across the nation with simple notes of thanks during the most difficult of times.
Soon after, with police recruiting numbers dwindling, Operation Thank an Officer saw a need to provide scholarships to students pursing a degree in law enforcement and support law enforcement families by providing scholarships to police families.
Today, Operation Thank an Officer sends thousands of notes out each year and gives thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students.