The Thin Blue Line (emblem)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
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, originating in the United Kingdom but now prevalent 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. It is an analogy to the term Thin Red Line.

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]In the wake of controversies over police shootings, the Thin Blue Line Flag has become popular among law enforcement personnel, their families and supporters.


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] The thin black line symbol represents nurses Registered Nurse & licensed practical nurse. The white background represents the nurses loving, caring, compassion, and healing light. The thin black line represents disease, sorrow, and suffering. The two white lines encompass the black line, representing the continuous care nurses provide to people in need.

Popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  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 the Green line in their banners and on there pages in various graphics
  4. ^

External links[edit]