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 an in-group from everyone else (with positive, negative or mixed connotations, depending on the person using the expression). In the United States, the blue line is sometimes used on mourning bands to signify the loss of a brother officer.
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 (1965 film), a 1965 documentary film by William Friedkin about the police and the problems they encounter
- The Thin Blue Line (1988 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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