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Appreciating Our Police and Firefighters

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on July 25, 2016 in University

There’s been an uptick in strangers buying coffee for Sgt. Max Thomas.

Thomas, who has worked for the UC Davis Police Department for eight years, said it had happened twice in as many weeks near the UC Davis Health System; he’s also noticed more people stopping him to say they appreciate his service.

“I think people want to get it off their chest that not everybody is anti-police,” Thomas said.

In the days since officers were murdered in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, care packages and letters of support have been sent to the UC Davis Police Department and students have stopped officers to thank them.

Acting Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter and Acting Provost Ken Burtis visited the department on July 18 for an informal breakfast, thanking officers and administrative staff for their service.

“These are trying times for law enforcement,” Hexter told officers, staff members and students. “We know you put your lives on the line every day, and without you our community would not be what it is.”

Chief Matt Carmichael praised the visit, and said the department continues to reach out to the campus community by recruiting students for its cadet academy and employing around 130 students.  

“These are people who truly care about our students and are out there to support faculty and staff nonstop,” Carmichael said.

Two UC Davis officers attended memorials of the slain Dallas officers; Carmichael said the department is not likely to send anyone to memorials in Baton Rouge.

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Cody Kitaura/Dateline Cody Kitaura is a content provider and strategist with Strategic Communications at UC Davis. He can be reached at 530-752-1932 or