The Newton Rotary and Lion's clubs joined together Tuesday to honor the law enforcement community.
The clubs invited police chiefs, sheriffs, and mayors from surrounding communities to a luncheon.
Rotary member John Horn said it's easy to take police officers and deputies for granted.
"These people protect you and I. They protect our homes. They protect our businesses," said Horn. "Can you imagine what it would be like living here without our law enforcement people?"
"A lot of times we look at 'protect and serve'. We see a lot of things on media and read things where it seems like we have a thankless job. But you know, we're lucky right here in east central Mississippi that we have a good support system from our public," said Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee, who was the guest speaker for the luncheon.
Lee said he and other law enforcement are grateful for the opportunity to help educate the public about what officers do.