A term you often hear officers say is i’ve got your six. It means i’ve got your back and that’s exactly what some valley residents are trying to express, with a simple thin blue line.
“I just took some basic painters tape and ran it across the back of the window of my vehicle”, says Jacob Frazier.
From Fresno, Clovis and even Lemoore, folks are taking strips of blue tape and running it along a window or the windshield on their cars.
“These are times that law enforcement officers need to know they are supported and loved by our community”, says Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Chuck Kelly says, “it’s to signify my support for local police and to tell police, i’ve got their back, we need their protection, they need ours”.
Kelly served in the Navy for 21 years and for a while he worked as a auxiliary security force officer at NAS Lemoore. He says even he has noticed attitudes towards officers has drastically changed in the last few years, especially after what happened in Dallas. “We never encounter the danger that we encounter, that the cops encounter today”, says Kelly.
Chief Dyer says, “we’ve been under attack, we’ve been under attack for criticism and scrutiny and now officers are being ambushed and killed across the country, officers are feeling very discouraged and in many places not feeling very appreciated”.
Manager of The Firing Line in Clovis Jacob Frazier hopes that this line lets officers know that people in this car support those in blue.
“Obviously law enforcement doesn’t know what they are going to come up on during those routine traffic stops, sometimes it can be basic and friendly and obviously other times as we’ve learned it can be very very dangerous”, says Frazier.
A small act, that can go a long way. Frazier says, “we can do something to support them and just do something simple and basic and we hope that law enforcement still sees it and gives them a reason to go to work in the morning and to put that badge on and to be the heroes we need them to be”.