The Thin Blue Line
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The Thin Blue Line is a colloquial term for police forces. The blue refers to the typical blue of the police uniform, and refers to the police forces in general. It may refer to the police as a "line" standing between good and evil (citizens and perpetrators), or may refer to the "line" that separates the police as in in-group from everyone else (with positive, negative or mixed connotations, depending on the person using the expression). Most use the term to refer to the unwavering commitment the police have for each other, to the point of willingness to blur the truth in favor of their "blue" brethren. Meaning: The police do not cross "the thin blue line" when it comes to defending each others' actions.
It may refer more specifically to:
- The Thin Blue Line (emblem), an emblem representing the camaraderie of police officers
Media and entertainment
- The Thin Blue Line, a 1966 documentary film by William Friedkin about the police and the problems they encounter
- The Thin Blue Line (film), a 1988 documentary film by Errol Morris concerning the murder of a police officer
- The Thin Blue Line (TV series), a British sitcom set in a police station, starring Rowan Atkinson, David Haig and Serena Evans
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