Operation Blue Shield: Coming Together to Support Dallas Officers

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DALLAS -- Let's face it, nowadays, you don't have to search too long to find a negative story about a cop.Well, Monday at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, some of Dallas' most prominent leaders were looking to change that through a fundraising campaign called Operation Blue Shield.

It's a program that allows citizens and law enforcement to work together to make their communities stronger and safer.

"My goal here today is to tell you no matter who you are in this city, and no matter where you live in this city, that if you work together collaboratively with our law enforcement community that will bring dramatic changes in attitude and trust," said Operation Blue Shield founder Toni Brinker-Pickens.

Pickens and Mayor Mike Rawlings are looking for everybody in the community to go all in.

“Today is an opportunity to say 'thank you' to our police officers,” said Mayor Rawlings. “It is an unbelievably hard job to do. A very difficult job to do well, so many moments of crisis is faced every day.”

Dallas Police Chief David Brown was especially grateful, “We have so many dedicated men and women in law enforcement that are making the citizens of Dallas safer every year, 11th consecutive year for crime reduction and our job is never done.”

The organization's cause is represented by the colors blue and yellow, which were in abundance at Monday’s ceremony. The Boy Scouts were even in attendance to participate in a balloon release.

So, it looks like this Presidents Day was well spent by some, coming together as a community to hopefully make the negative stories fewer and farther between.

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