While the media continues reporting on the senseless murders of police officers across the country, Anthony Welichko, a citizen in San Antonio, Texas, has created the “Safe Harbor Initiative.” The initiative is urging Americans to spray paint a blue line on the curb by their home as a simple public affirmation of their support for law enforcement, Western Journalism reported on Saturday.
The thin blue line emblem, which represents the solidarity among police officers, is now appearing on curbs as well as blue ribbons around trees and mailboxes in various areas of the country as public affirmation in support of police officers grows.
On his Facebook page, Welichko wrote, “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 your health as someone has that officer’s back!”
As of late Saturday evening, Welichko’s post has been shared more than 83,700 times and growing with a number of supporters praising his efforts.
“The war against police, if you will, gets a lot of attention. I get the sense that the officers themselves aren’t seeing that support,” Welichko stated. “Every single day they’re here protecting us. Our families. Our children. They absolutely deserve that respect, and they need to know we appreciate that.”
Some citizens raised concerns that in some cities, their water company marks the water lines with blue spray paint. Welichko decided to clarify his position on why he started the movement, and the issue of the water companies who use blue line markings.
“I would like to take a moment to clarify a few things regarding the Safe Harbor Initiative. This idea came to me as a way to show our law enforcement professionals that they are supported and appreciated. Too much attention (in my opinion) is being given to those who wish our first responders harm and not enough to the majority that appreciate the risks these fine men and women take every day to protect us, “Welichko said.
Welichko continued, “This is not an organized movement requiring one to join, sign-up or reach out for permission. If you wish to show your support the same way I have then grab a can of paint and go for it. I have come to understand that many utility companies also use a blue line to mark water lines. If this is the case in your area then add a little something else to it. Or, in the case of those without a curb, use a large rock or a nice block from the hardware store. This initiative has grown into what I had hoped, the silent majority coming together to show our police they are not alone, are greatly appreciated and fully supported in our communities.”
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