Memphis 'Cop Stops' designed to thank officers

Memphis 'Cop Stops' designed to thank officers
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Communities around the country are coming together to thank police officers for the hard work they do.

People living near Memphis Police Department's Appling Farms precinct are just a few of the people in Memphis, and in America, holding Cop Stops to thank officers.

At the Appling Farms Cop Stop, people came together to pray.

"I thank you for those who serve: police officers, first responders...You are in control and you are acting, even when it looks like you're not," the group prayed.

Joanna Young is the founder of Cop Stop in the Memphis area. She said the program encourages residents to open their homes to officers a couple time a month.

"They want to show support to their local police department," Young said. "They want to show they care about them."

Theresa Edminston opens her home twice a month.

"I can love on them, I can pray for them, and I can definitely feed them," Edminston said. "They seem to love my strawberry cobbler, which is the key thing they are looking for when they come."

Since it began in 2014, the Memphis Cop Stop program has grown. There are now 16 organized Cop Stops, along with three in other states designed after the Memphis ones.

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