It seems like every week, a new name is added to the list of those who die at the hands of police.

This past week, Justine Damond, an unarmed Australian woman killed by a Minneapolis police officer made headlines across print and broadcast outlets around the world. In this situation, fuel only continues to be added to the fire after it was released that the officers involved in the shooting did not have their body cameras turned on when the incident occurred, making many believe Damond’s death was legally unjustifiable.

This is just one example of how we see law enforcement portrayed on a daily basis. It is typically in a negative light.

In some cases, the negative attention is needed. There have been some police officers who have committed unethical acts on and off duty or entire departments that are criticized for a lack of transparency. As the citizens who the police are supposed to be protecting, it is important for us –– including the media — to hold law enforcement officials accountable for violations, misbehaviors and wrongdoings.

But it’s also important to recognize the good things they do, which is obviously not done enough in the news.

In a recent study by the Pew Research Center, about 81 percent of the police officers that were surveyed say the media generally treat the police unfairly.

The reality is there have always been people who feel negatively toward law enforcement and their profession (cue N.W.A.’s hit song “F*** the Police”).

But today it is even worse, as we can see from the significant number of protests and rallies put together on a daily basis.

People blame law enforcement for use of unlawful, heavy-handed tactics combined with cries of “racism” when it comes to everything from traffic stops to incarceration.

There are many culprits to blame for these views of police officers, one of which is the media.

Reporters can and do change the way the public views police when they bring attention, often way too much attention, to the negative done by someone in the law enforcement profession while leaving positive stories out of the line-up.

This needs to change.

There should be a balance when it comes to coverage of police.

Crime will never go away, and I am sure that corrupt police officers never will either. But, it’s important to remember that not every police officer is bad and we can prove that by shedding light on the great things that these men and women do on and off duty.

Let’s focus on the departments like Ball State University Police Department that promotes community policing and building personal relationships with the citizens they protect. Let’s focus more on stories of police officer’s doing good deeds, like an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer who pulled over to the side of the road to give a homeless man a pair of boots from his truck in 2014. Or more recently, let’s focus on officers from Portland Police Department who took pies in the face in uniform this week as part of a fundraiser event for A Better Life – Brianna’s Hope.

These are selfless acts that leave lasting impacts. These are stories that we need to share and there are ways that everyone, not just the media, can shed a positive light on law enforcement. The easy answer is through social media.

When you see a police officer or department doing something great, share it. Share your experience with the public and take the time to thank them for their duty.

Every day is a new day filled with often unexpected things for officers. Let’s do what we can to say thanks and recognize those who do good in our community.