In the fall of 2019, an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was talking with his mom and mentioned he, and his fellow officers, had experienced a noticeable decline in respect for law enforcement during the last decade.
Not too long after, the same mom was given a bracelet bearing the words, SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT.
The bracelet sparked an idea which grew into Let’s Back the Blue, a grassroots response to a decline in respect for law enforcement personnel, a decline that has made their job increasingly dangerous and demoralizing. Rather than sit back and do nothing to counteract this lack of respect, we are simply doing what more and more citizens are doing across the nation: outwardly appreciating our men and women in law enforcement in an effort to turn the tide.
The time period of 2015 through 2019 saw at least 521 officers lose their lives in the line of duty, over half of which were the direct result of felonious assault, along with numerous others who have been killed by negligent drivers. Not only is the decline in respect discouraging to the men and women in law enforcement, it is also exceptionally dangerous. It is extremely important to do what we can as members of communities to turn this threat around.
We invite you to join the effort to lift up those who put their lives on the line for us day in and day out, especially during National Police Week.
Let’s Back the Blue TOGETHER!