SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Crime stoppers hosted the second annual ‘Burgers 4 the Badge’ event at Shreveport Police Headquarters as a token of appreciation for local law enforcement.

Police officers from agencies across the community showed up in numbers such as Shreveport Police, Caddo Sheriff, City Marshall, State Troopers, Federal agencies, and much more.

“So many times, officers only get to see each other from other agencies at a bad crime scene. So, you see right now you see guys from Caddo Parish, SPD, state troopers all, you know, getting together for a good reason and not a bad reason,” said Terry McKnight, President of Crime Stoppers.

Officers enjoyed burgers, desserts, and drinks, and Shreveport’s police chief expressed his gratitude.

“I’m so excited today to see the police officers having the opportunity to fellowship together, to dine together. The mayor is here, he is going through the crowd talking with police officers. It is a great day for us all and we’re so thankful for that,” said Chief Wayne Smith.

He said events like this remind officers that the community supports their efforts.

“In many cases, when we are put in stressful situations, and afterwards you’re still under stress, it is the thought, knowing the community cares and thinks about us, that helps to keep us going,” said Chief Smith.

Crime Stoppers is a community-supported non-profit “designed to assist in the safety and security of local families and businesses.”

The non-profit says they rely on tips and the have an average conviction rate of 96% on cases solved by a tip to the program.