Overwhelming backing for police officers

The public have shown an overwhelming support for the work our police officers do in their communities by signing up to a social media campaign to boost morale over the festive season.

The message, as part of Believe in Blue social media Thunderclap, was sent out by more than 2,000 social media accounts at midday on Wednesday December 14.

It meant a total social reach in excess of 1.3million for the post, which showed support for police officers.

The message read: "I'm saying thank you to the police officers who protect us 24/7. I #BelieveinBlue".

The Police Federation of England & Wales' Believe in Blue campaign highlights and celebrates why British policing is the best in the world, bringing together stories of the brilliant and brave work that police officers do day in, day out, to keep us all safe.

PFEW chair Steve White was delighted with the response.

He said: "It has been excellent to see so many people sign up to show their support for our officers.

"This year has been another challenging one, and of course there is no let up as the festive period approaches.

"A reach well in excess of one million is fantastic and shows that the public do, indeed, Believe In Blue."