HUDSON, N.Y. – Members and advisors of the Psychology Club and the Criminal Justice Club at Columbia-Greene Community College spread holiday cheer to members of law enforcement across both counties this season.
Promoting the Back the Blue Campaign, a national effort that seeks to recognize the efforts and sacrifices of law enforcement officials, the C-GCC student organizations decorated and delivered holiday ornaments to every sworn member of the Sheriff’s office this month.
According to Barbara Shaffer, associate professor of Psychology and Sociology at C-GCC and Psychology Club advisor, more than four hundred ‘Thin Blue Line ornaments’ were made with the goal of recognizing every officer, whether full-time or part-time, within Columbia and Greene counties.
“An ornament has been created for every police officer, probation, parole officer, and state trooper who serves within Columbia and Greene counties, because we appreciate each and every one,” Shaffer said, noting that each ornament was hand-decorated with ribbon and delivered with cards that read:
“In appreciation of all that you do, please hang one of these ornaments for each of your officers. When you look at your tree, please remember that there are many who are grateful for all that you give this holiday season, and every day.”
In a long line of deliveries across the two counties, ornaments were disseminated along with special treats for the K-9s members of the teams. The Psychology Club and Criminal Justice Club are just two of 14 official student organizations at C-GCC, which also offers 37 academic programs. For more information, visit SUNYcgcc.edu, or call 518.828.4181.