COLFAX, Wis. (WEAU) -- A local school district gave thanks and praise to area law enforcement by wearing blue district-wide.
The School District of Colfax brought the Dunn County Sheriff's department along with surrounding police departments to the school to have lunch and meet with the students on Monday. The school district and officers who attended say the most important thing to have between the community and law enforcement is positive communication.
“Thank you for your service” and “thank you for all you do for us” are just a couple things students were saying to their fellow local law enforcement today to show what their service means to them.
"I think it's important because we're giving back to the officers,” Napoleon Nosker, a senior at Colfax, said. “They do so much for us and it's really important to show our gratitude to them."
Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith says building a relationship with the community and especially the students at local schools is vital in order to keep law enforcement in a positive light.
"Quite often, kids here get negative comments about law enforcement from someone in their family or somebody that gets a traffic citation,” Smith said. “If they don't know you, they're afraid of you. If they get a chance to talk to you and get to know you a little bit, build a little relationship, they might have a little more patience with law enforcement if they get stopped for a traffic violation or something. It's all about relationships."
Bill Yingst, the superintendent for the district, says events like these help build a closer relationship between the students and law enforcement.
"Being in a rural school district, in a rural community in Dunn County, we get great support from our local police department and Dunn County Sheriff's Department,” Yingst said. “They support us wonderfully. They're always here, very professional, they do the job, and when we call, they come to support us."
"Anytime we can have contact with the community and talk to them and get them to know us a little bit, so that they know we care about them and that we're here for them," Smith said.
Yingst also says the services and duties law enforcement personnel carry out often goes unnoticed and this is just one small way to show appreciation for the men and women in blue.