PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - In response to violence between police and citizens across the country this week, the Paragould community came together on Friday to show their appreciation for the officers and deputies on a local level.
Pay It Forward Paragould came up with a series of projects including Cards for Cops, which will take place throughout the month of July.
Corporal Chris Gray with Paragould police said he has a lot of faith in Paragould, which is why they aren't changing their current safety protocols when dealing with residents.
"Of course, it's going to be in our minds more now because we are seeing what's going on elsewhere," Gray said. "Hopefully, we don't have anything but we are still going to be thinking about it and safety is going to be our main issue."
Gray added that they are always looking for ways to better protect their residents.
He said the law enforcement in Greene County is very fortunate to have a community that backs them.
Pay It Forward is also helping give their officers one less thing to worry about: having a meal to eat.
They are calling it the Pay It Forward Challenge.
According to Dustin Rumsey with the organization, it's a way to show love and support to the departments.
Several members of the community have donated food and drinks.
Donators said it's a simple gesture to show appreciation for what officers do no matter what happens in other parts of the country.
"Some people look at cops as if they are only authoritative figures, even like EMT and firefighters, those people were on the scene last night too, so those people are so deserving of this and I think it's just a generous act and everyone should participate," Beverly Depew said.
Depew added that being able to give to officers who give their all to the community is a humbling experience for the community.
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