Edmond police ‘pretty emotional’ after receiving ‘overwhelming’ outpouring of appreciation

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EDMOND, Okla. -- Ever since the deadly police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the Edmond Police Department has been overwhelmed with acts of love.

It looks more like a birthday party than a police conference room. This space has become the "staging area" for community kindness.

Citizens have gone overboard to show Edmond officers unparalleled appreciation.

"It's been fantastic. Since Dallas and Baton Rouge, there is fear and anxiety but what it's really done is the support has been overwhelming. I've had more hugs and handshakes from random people in six weeks than I've had in 27 years," Deputy Chief Tim Dorsey, with the Edmond Police Department, said.

In the field, it's hugs and handshakes, not threats and defiance.

The positive attention is admittedly a little overwhelming for some members of the police force, according to Dorsey.

"You'd be surprised what it does to some of our big tough guys. Pretty emotional to read the cards from kids," he said.

Several times a day, something arrives to the police department doorsteps.  Everything from cookies, cakes and candy arrive on a weekly basis.

In fact, the owner of Sterling's Home Decor and Gifts in Edmond delivered a generous gift this week.

Tammy Kiefer donated more than 100 gold bracelets for the spouses and mothers of officers.

She wanted to let them know that their sacrifices are appreciated too.

"We are grateful for the police and what they do to keep us safe. This was just a token of appreciation," Kiefer said.

At a time when wearing a badge garners so much negativity, they say it's nice to know their efforts to serve and protect do not go unnoticed.

"I would say thank you, that's the most important thing. What they think is a small thing, a hand shake or smile, a sign in the yard, means a lot to our guys especially when they're going through a difficult time," Dorsey said.

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