Law Enforcement Wives Club sees increase in membership
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Law Enforcement Wives Club also known as LEWC, has seen a slight increase in interest and membership over the last week.
The quiet nonprofit support group's president, Elizabeth Mclinden predicts it's because of the police attacks in Texas and Louisiana.
Mclinden is the wife of a local police officer, who says it's not just public safety professionals that may worry if something like that could happen here. She explains why some law enforcement families stay private given the environment we live in today.
"There is a fear from a lot of families," she said. "We don't slap a sticker on the back of the car because we support law enforcement very often because that just puts a target on our back."
"Some families go as far as to tell their children when they're asked at school "what does your mom or dad do" to have a different profession for them to just bounce back with an answer," said Mclinden. "You don't know. You don't know who you're speaking to. You don't know whose uncle was arrested or something and you don't know if they have something against law enforcement."
Mclinden said LEWC invites all law enforcement spouses, both husbands and wives, to join.
"LEWC is needed because it's not just officers getting killed in the line of duty," she said. "It's families going through the day to day including the long, odd hours."
Asked if she lives in fear every time her husband steps out the door to do his job, she responded her faith helps her overcome it.
"You kiss them, you say love them. You make sure they know they're supported when they leave," added Mclinden.
To learn more about LEWC or to donate money to nonprofit's mission, visit http://www.azlewc.org/
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