The Thin Blue Line
Fred J Knueppel
Policing in America
Professor Joseph Pillitteri
July 19, 2012
The Thin Blue Line and Policing America
- What is the “thin blue line?”
- Does the “thin blue line” still exist today, and if so, what are your thoughts on the thin blue line?
| The Thin Blue Line stands for law enforcement officers and the courage they summon from within themselves to face insurmountable odds. The black background bordering above and below The Thin Blue Line, represents a reminder of the fallen law enforcement officers in the line of duty. Law enforcement officers view The Thin Blue Line as the barrier between a civilized society and anarchy, between respect of order and lawlessness and between order and chaos. Together they symbolize the camaraderie law enforcement officers all share, a brotherhood like no other. The Thin Blue Line should never be mistaken for a separation between law enforcement and the society they serve and protect.
Historically, law enforcement officers were dressed in blue. The blue line indicated law enforcement was the only thing between criminals and society. The Thin Blue Line is well and alive today in the law enforcement agencies. Historically, The Thin Blue Line has been a very thin blue line.
I believe all organizations have a need to believe in their purpose and establish symbolisms to identify and recognize their organization and its purpose. The symbols represent and remind the organization’s members of their internal brotherhood. I feel The Thin Blue Line is law enforcements symbol of pride and purpose which is good for the society they protect and serve. Historically the blue uniform represented law and order to society and The Thin Blue Line represented standards, purpose and brotherhood to law enforcement agencies. That’s a good thing.
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