Jefferson Township shows their support for the local police by painting a blue line outside headquarters on Weldon Road.
Jefferson Township now joins the growing number of communities (Roxbury, Mount Arlington, etc.) that are showing their support for the job the police perform, as the thin blue line between the citizens and the criminal element.
So, what is the Thin Blue line?
Shown to the right is the official logo of the Thin Blue Line, where each stripe on the emblem represents certain respective figures: the blue center line represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public and the bottom represents the criminals. The idea behind the graphic is that law enforcement (the blue line) is what stands between the violence and victimization by criminals and the would-be victims of crime.
According to PoliceOne.com: The thin blue line represents a stance that we are all in this together as brothers and sisters. It has become a symbol of that line we must stand fast to and hold onto to protect each other from harm’s way. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder on this line, we demonstrate the commitment to all those who we protect from those that may want to inflict harm.
So, where did this Trend start?
The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement, originating in the United Kingdom but now prevalent in the United States and Canada. It was made popular after the release of Errol Morris' 1988 documentary film The Thin Blue Line, about the murder of a Dallas Police officer Robert W Wood. Judge Don Metcalfe who presided over the trial of Randall Adams, states in the film, that prosecutor "Doug Mulder's final argument was one I'd never heard before: about the "thin blue line" of police that separates the public from anarchy." The judge admitted to being deeply moved by the prosecutor's words.
Congratulations to the Jefferson Township police, with all of the community work they do (Junior Police Academy, DARE Program and the Police Training Cards to name a few), this is well deserved!