Police department encouraging community to 'support the badge'

Police department encouraging community to 'support the badge'

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 police department wants people to use a hashtag to recognize officers.

The hashtag #WhyISupportTheBadge is going viral on social media.

It  allows people to write a positive story about a police officer. By including the hashtag to the post, the story can be viewed internationally.

Trumann Chief of Police Chad Henson wants the community to be involved in the movement, so officers around the globe can feel the appreciation even from a small town in Arkansas.

However, Henson believes locals are unaware that the department uses Facebook to share those stories.

"I'm not saying they take it for granted, but they don't have an avenue to tell their stories," Henson said.

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