Police departments around San Diego County have been flooded with well wishes, thank you notes and gifts in the wake of the shooting in Dallas that killed five police officers Thursday night.
From Oceanside to Chula Vista, San Diegans have been showing support for law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day by sending local police departments gifts of pizza, doughnuts, flowers, brownies and coffee.
The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Northeastern Division thanked the community in a statement Saturday, which read:
“On behalf of the San Diego Police Department Northeastern Division Command Staff, detectives and all of the officers we would like to thank everyone in our community for the wonderful support you have shown to us especially over the last few days. We have received lots of visits, handshakes, cards, and yummy treats. We appreciate each and everyone. wishing you all a wonderful safe weekend."
The Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) put out a similar statement of thanks:
"Yesterday the CVPD received an overwhelming outpouring of support from the CV community members in light of the horrific attack on the police officers in Dallas, TX. We feel anguish and sadness for the loss of our family members in blue. Support included notes of thanks, flowers, doughnuts, pizza and brownies!"
Meanwhile, the Escondido Police Department (EPD) also received support, and told NBC 7:
"We too have had a tremendous amount of support shown from our community since the incident in Dallas. Our officers are coming in with story after story of folks in the community approaching them to say thank you. Such a nice response. Law enforcement officers are used to public scrutiny. Our country would not be as great as it is if we did not question the actions of government. However, the overwhelming majority of the time our officers are serving the public, doing a great job, and getting it right."
The Oceanside Police Department (OPD) posted this message on Facebook thanking residents of their North County community:
"Members of the community brought our officers donuts this morning. Oceanside Police are grateful for these heart felt gestures in such difficult times and feel blessed to have such strong community support #oceanside."
People have been reaching out to officers across the country thanking them for their service in similar ways.
In light of growing tensions between police officers and the public, NBC 7 went on a ride-along Friday night OPD Officer Jose Lopez, who gave some insight into what it's like to be an officer patrolling the streets in today's climate.