|If you'd like to participate, I will personally come to your house to paint a stripe. - Mark Collier, Editor/Publisher FortThomasMatters.com|
The initiative, started in 2012 by the Whole Truth Project, seems to be running in conjunction with another movement started by small business owner Anthony Welichko, called the "Safe Harbor Initiative."
The idea revolves around painting a "thin blue line" on your curb to show your support and appreciation for local police. He floated the idea on Facebook and more than 65,000 people have shared it.
His post reads:
The Safe Harbor Initiative:
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 you health as someone has that officers back!
Today, citizens are encouraged to take a moment out of their day to show appreciation for their local officers through small acts of gratitude or by saying “thank you," and businesses are urged to donate something to police departments, like breakfast or coffee.
"Having represented police officers for several years, I know the difficult job these men and women undertake every day and I think we often take our police officers for granted," said attorney and Whole Truth Project founder Andrew Hale. "We must show support and appreciation for those that serve and protect us."
"A few 'bad apple' police officers do not spoil the whole tree," Hale said. "The overwhelming majority of police officers are dedicated and hard-working."