Cleveland Police Federation
Cleveland Police Federation

Thunderclap: Be part of something special this Christmas

This Christmas you are being encouraged to take part in an online flash mob as a way of promoting the incredible job you do all-year round.

While the vast majority of the general public will be swapping presents and tucking into their turkey on 25 December, many of you at Cleveland Police will instead be away from your friends and families and potentially putting your lives on the line to keep our communities safe.

As part of the Police Federation's ongoing Believe in Blue campaign to raise awareness of the hugely valuable role that you carry out, please join and share our Thunderclap now to highlight your efforts at this particular time of year.

A Thunderclap is a social media technique, proven to create a surge of support by pushing a message out widely across social media including Facebook and Twitter.

Everyone who signs up to the Thunderclap will have the same message - "I'm saying thank you to the police officers who protect us 24/7. I #BelieveinBlue" - posted on their social media accounts at 12pm on Wednesday 14 December.

Since the launch of Believe in Blue earlier this year there has been tremendous support for the campaign, which shares stories of hard-working and exceptional police officers. More than 100 personal stories have already been added to the Believe in Blue website - from officers helping to deliver babies to saving members of the public from car crashes and open water.

Andrea Breeze, Chair of the Cleveland Branch of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "Being a police officer is undoubtedly one of the toughest jobs around; much more than a job it's a way of life. Believe in Blue lets us share positive stories and talk about the strength and resilience of our police service, highlighting the many acts of heroism by our officers, which largely go unmentioned. So sign up to the Thunderclap now to ensure you help spread this important message to the wider public as well as politicians."

Please sign up and share the Thunderclap now with your friends and families (before 14 December!) so we can gain as much momentum as possible and highlight the remarkable work that you do every single day.