Coretta James, a Queens resident, has spent the last four years quietly handing out handwritten thank-you notes to New York’s Finest — and she’s on a mission to give one to every NYPD officer.
“I have tremendous respect for the uniform: military, firemen and cops,” James told The Post. “They are not used to being thanked. And I feel for them. They need encouragement. I used to see guys with 30 or 35 years on the job but no longer,” she said, adding that many are demoralized and retiring earlier.
She called the rise in anti-cop sentiment and the defund-the-police movement, which has resulted in violent protests and destruction in parts of the city, “heartbreaking.”
Coretta James, 49, had the idea after volunteering with the FDNY to send thank-you cards to service members stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the troops began to return home, she decided to direct her pen and gratitude to the NYPD.
“I started with the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills, and that just set the tone,” said James.
This thank you has reverberated through every police precinct in the city.
She has written over 4,000 cards, which she has distributed to officers in all 77 precincts throughout the city, as well as some working details at Yankee Stadium. She keeps a record of everyone she has thanked thus far.
“There are 36,000 cops, so I have a lot of writing to do,” she said.