Officers had no leads Friday afternoon in the case of several ribbons and blue posters with statements of thanks and support that were posted to utility poles around Caseyville police headquarters on Long Street either late Thursday or early Friday.
According to Sgt. Gerard Spratt, no one knows who dropped off a red, white and blue cake with “Thank You” written in frosting on it, either.
“It’s always uplifting, it’s always good seeing something like that,” Spratt said after returning to the station from a call Friday afternoon. “We definitely appreciate the support. It’s not expected. We know the silent majority supports us but it is always good to see something like that. It was very nice.”
The timing of the gesture didn’t go unnoticed, either. In the span of just over a week from Aug. 24 to Wednesday, four police officers in the United States were killed by shooters targeting them. Louisiana State Police Trooper Stephen Vincent was killed Aug. 24; Sunset, La., Police Officer Henry Nelson was killed Aug. 26; Harris County (Texas) Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth was killed Aug. 28, and Fox Lake, Ill., Police Lt. Charles Gliniewicz was killed Tuesday.
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“It’s not an easy job. You’ve seen the news, it’s not been a good month for us,” Spratt said.
Spratt said that while officers in Caseyville appreciate this most recent gesture, the town has always shown its appreciation for its police force.
“Caseyville has always been very good to its officers. It’s always been a very pro-police community. Every Christmas, every Thanksgiving, we probably gain 10 pounds in here with the outpouring of the community that gives to us,” he said. “They’ve always had our backs, and we have theirs.”