In the past few years, local law enforcement around our nation has undergone serious scrutiny, as headlines and charged demonstrations have pointed our attention to officer involved deaths. While it is a serious problem that threatens public confidence in our police departments, it is also important to recognize the thousands of dedicated men and women who serve their communities with honor and dignity.
A man in San Antonio has found a way to publicly declare his support for law enforcement, and he hopes you will join the movement.
Anthony Welichko of San Antonio has decided to show his support of law enforcement by painting a thin blue line on his curb. He started this movement with on his Facebook page, which reads:
“To all law enforcement who see this line, know that the residents of this home appreciate your service and dedication to keeping the peace. Know that when you enter the neighborhood and see these lines that you are not alone or without “back-up”. We do not need the media to make our voices of support for our police and emergency services heard (though it would be nice). Lastly, if you are in my neighborhood and mean to harm a member of law enforcement, know that decision may be hazardous to your health as someone has that officers back! Please share.”
Since Welichko shared his message about “The Safe Harbor Initiative” on social media, and it has received more than 64,000 shares.
“I realize that law enforcement officers cannit/do not always make the best decisions (I am guilty of this as well) but when will the cop bashing stop?” wrote someone who shared the post. “Thanks for your service. I do not want your job, but glad you are there!”
Welichko’s initiative has been so successful that it has inspired others to show their version of this support.
April Killingsworth is the owner of a sign company in Texas called Tangent Signs. After a seemingly endless barrage of stories in the media of police abuses and officer related deaths, and the accompanying public outcry, she became fed up and decided to make a small gesture demonstrating her feelings concerning her local cops.
Using some blue decal remnants, she fashioned a simple design to be placed on her vehicle’s rear window. Then she went to Facebook and posted the picture along with a statement and a challenge: She offered to decorate anyone else’s vehicle with the stripe to send a message to cops and those who would disparage them that the driver was a supporter of the badge.
“When we first posted it, it was kind of a sporadic thing that morning. I asked my employee to cut a few blue stripes, and he asked how many and I told him five. We’ll be lucky if five people even show up.”
She had no idea how popular this simple sign and the sentiment it expressed would become. Car after car rolled up in front of her sign shop and pretty soon the streets were filled with be-striped vehicles. At a point, other people started posting pictures of their own cars featuring the distinctive design until it became a social media phenomenon.
How do you show your support for the men and women who maintain law and order in your community? Share your stories and ideas with us in the comments section.