It began with a gesture of gratitude.
California resident Rachel couldn’t help but notice the way her local police were being treated – not only by the media, but by those around her as well – and decided enough was enough.
As a former firefighter who had often worked closely with police, she well knew the difficult job and stressful conditions police officers work under.
Because of this, Rachel made a point of thanking her local officers when she saw them about town. When she saw how the simple gesture of giving thanks affected those officers, she decided she needed to do more.
So, in May of 2021, she began her Coins For Cops campaign.
In her own words on The Blue Family Unity Show:
It just came after a couple of weeks of seeing how sad and angry and defeated a lot of the police officers in my area looked and, you know, after hearing how the mainstream media especially was villainizing the police officers, I just – it angered me so much.
I knew I wanted to do something. Now, I didn’t know what I wanted to do right away and Coins for Cops kind of just materialized. But it just started with going out of my way to, like, go say thank you or shake a hand or smile and say hello.
I mean even just that made a big difference.
The treatment of police officers by the government of late only fueled her commitment to her endeavor:
What I realized with this – especially now with the mandate issue – there’s so many police officers – I’m sure you’ve seen the videos now that are starting to pop up – and they’re incredibly sad.
[Like] the 22 year veterans or the 15 year veterans who just became Sergeant, who are now being forced… it’s not losing their jobs. I keep telling people that words mean things.
[They’re] not losing their jobs, they are being forced out of their jobs. This is not a choice and it’s heartbreaking and it is not only heartbreaking it’s dangerous. These are really the best of our best men and women… where does that leave the citizens, you know?
Rachel believed that now more than ever, she needed to take action. Almost entirely on her own, and while working two jobs, she dove into her plan to thank as many officers across the country as she possibly could.
Along with hand written thank you notes, Rachel designed a special edition Challenge Coin to give away to officers – all at her own expense and the donations of others.
When asked how the the response has been, she acknowledged receiving some push back and negativity from some in her community, but not being one to back down from anyone, Rachel shrugged them off. She laughed as she relayed the initial reaction from the police officers themselves:
Before I had anybody delivered to, before I had my website name, before anything – I will say they were mostly skeptical, and I don’t blame them.
[They were like] “Who are you, and you wanna do what?” And I just wanted to give [you guys] a thank you gift. It was hard to get in at first.
Now, it’s really nice as I have the ability to say you know I’ve given to over 1100 officers I’m in multiple States and I’m now in Japan…
Rachel went on to say that now, many police officers even recognize her on the street as the “Coins for Cops lady.” She is gratified, but humbled by the attention, but prefers to keep the focus on the men and women in Blue.
People don’t realize all the wonderful things police do that never gets any recognition. That’s why [on] my website I try the best I can to only put positive articles on there – all those things cops do, like they buy a hat and gloves for a homeless lady.
There was… a police officer who saw this woman at a gas station just sitting there and he found out that she was so paycheck to paycheck, that she had to wait till midnight before she could have enough money to pay for her gas, and she was with her two year old. So, the police officer paid for her gas.
He goes, ‘you know we do this stuff all the time. Not that we want ready recognition for it, we just want people to know that what the media says about us is not true.’
If you’d like to help out, Rachel’s organization offers both a direct donation option and an opportunity to “Adopt A Police Department.” If you’d like to learn more, you can contact Rachel through her website, Coins For Cops.
“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue. You support the police. You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse. You bring homemade cookies to your local police station. You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.
You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage. You pray daily for the Blue family.
And yet, you may feel quite alone.
Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.
Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.
Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest. They revile and attack those who back the Blue. They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.
But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.
According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement. That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.
That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.
And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.
Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.
Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.
In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.
Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.
According to LEOKA:
“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”
Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment. Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.
Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.
These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country. You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.
You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.
Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.
As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:
“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.
“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.
“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone. It’s time to fight back.”
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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.
It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.
“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.
“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.
“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”
Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.
Here’s what the funds go towards:
- We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families. They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it. They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
- We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue. The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.
As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary. In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.
Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.
For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.
You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.
Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.
Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.
For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.
“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”
Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police. Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.
In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.
This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.
Reyes points out:
“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.
“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”
Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.
We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.
If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]
It’s time to get in the fight.
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