In recent weeks, since the tragic killings of police officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge and other cities, we have received an outpouring of support from the community.

In recent weeks, since the tragic killings of police officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge and other cities, we have received an outpouring of support from the community.

Many of you have called, stopped by the station, or approached one of the officers on patrol to say "Thank you."

During what has been a heartbreaking time for law-enforcement professionals throughout the country, we have been deeply touched by the many kindnesses our residents have shown.

It's important that a community have trust and confidence in their police department, and in the officers who serve.

We thank you for your vital support, and for your compassion in difficult times.

The Protect & Serve column was submitted by the communication technicians at the Pickerington Police Department.