The Thin Blue Line (emblem)

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The "Thin Blue Line" symbol
A blue laser beam was projected during the 24th annual National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on 13 May 2012 in Washington, D.C.

The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen officers and to symbolize the relationship of the police in the community as the protectors of the citizenry from the criminal element.

Each stripe on the emblem represents certain respective figures: the blue center line represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public whilst the bottom represents the criminals. The idea behind the graphic is that law enforcement (the blue line) is what stands between the violence and victimization by criminals of the would-be victims of crime.[1]

Proponents of the symbol assert that the identifier is intended to show support for police.[1]


Anti-police and public accountability groups often refer to the thin blue line as the line that police will not cross to testify or bring charges against one another.


After the popularity of the Thin Blue Line emblem for law enforcement came a number of other "thin lines".


The Gold Star attribute signifies law enforcement and military officers who have retired or are currently serving meritoriously.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b "The Thin Blue Line". 19 September 1999. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Face Book Group titled: "Thin Yellow Line" that on 10-17-2014 had over 2100 members
  3. ^ Face Book Groups titled: "Thin Green Line", "Arrest Authority Security Officers" and "National Security Officer Memorial Foundation" using and displaying Green lines in there banners and on there pages in various graphics

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