Algona Area Law Enforcement Officers Appreciate Community Gratitude

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ALGONA, Iowa -- In the wake of police shootings across the country, even officers in small-town Iowa are noticing more appreciation for what they do.

During a news conference Friday on another matter, law enforcement officers wanted to take the time to let people know how much they appreciate all the support they are getting.

They shared stories of people bringing food and posting many thank you’s on social media. One day care center had kids do hand written notes to the officers to thank them for their work.

"I was overwhelmed with the support we received here in Kossuth County at our law enforcement center, with our office as well as the Algona Police Department,” said Kossuth County Sheriff, Stephen Kollasch. "The vast majority of our local citizens are OK with us, trust us, we're happy to see that because there a lot of parts of the country as you know that don't see that.”

Incoming Algona Police Chief Kendall Pals said he always knew there was a lot of support for officers in their community.

“The clear majority of the citizens out their support us a lot of times a majority is somewhat silent they have become more vocal,” said Pals. “Maybe they're expressing that a little bit more, which is greatly appreciated obviously the support is out there clearly the majority of the people support law enforcement.”

Sheriff Kollasch said he gets people talking to him on the street, even while waiting for a red light, people have said “thanks."