What does the “Thin Blue Line” Mean? EOW: March 2023 Report

We update this post with End of Watch information from the month before as a reminder and tribute to those who commit their lives to something greater than themselves — our communities.

End of Watch LEO Report for February 2023

END OF WATCH: 9 Law Enforcement Patriots
in February 2023

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Let’s keep them and their families in our prayers.

  • Police Officer Sean L. Sluganski
    McKeesport Police Department, PA
    EOW: Monday, February 6, 2023
    Cause: Gunfire
  • Police Officer Peter E. C. Jerving
    Milwaukee Police Department, WI
    EOW: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
    Cause: Gunfire
  • Police Officer Charles Herring
    Pembroke Pines Police Department, FL
    EOW: Thursday, February 9, 2023
    Cause: Motorcycle crash
  • Police Officer Julian Becerra
    Fountain Police Department, CO
    EOW: Saturday, February 11, 2023
    Cause: Fall
  • Correctional Officer Jay Miller
    Washington State Department of Corrections, WA
    EOW: Saturday, February 11, 2023
    Cause: COVID19
  • Police Officer James Muhlbauer
    Kansas City Police Department, MO
    EOW: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
    Cause: Automobile crash
  • Sergeant Christopher D. Fitzgerald
    Temple University Police Department, PA
    EOW: Saturday, February 18, 2023
    Cause: Gunfire
  • Police Officer Geoffrey Redd
    Memphis Police Department, TN
    EOW: Saturday, February 18, 2023
    Cause: Gunfire
  • Detention Officer Kenneth Fowler
    Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office, OK
    EOW: Sunday, February 19, 2023
    Cause: Fall

END OF WATCH: 3 Law Enforcement K9s
in February 2023

  • K9 Graffit
    Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, CO
    EOW: Monday, February 13, 2023
    Cause: Gunfire
  • K9 Champ
    Kansas City Police Department, MO
    EOW: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
    Cause: Automobile crash
  • K9 Duke
    San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, CA
    EOW: Sunday, February 19, 2023
    Cause: Stabbed

READ MY ARTICLE: Profile in Courage:
Military and Law Enforcement K9s

What is the History of The Thin Blue Line?

Law Enforcement, or LEOs, as we fondly refer to our community heroes, have been in the news recently. However, what I found most disturbing is the lack of understanding about what these guys and gals do to protect our communities.

If you listened to the LSM (lame-stream media), you would think all law enforcement was similar to the Nazi Gestapo. And the low-information “citizens” jump on the bandwagon… How would these folks react if they called 911 and no one responded?

Thin Blue Line Symbol
Thin Blue Line Symbol

The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen officers and symbolize the police’s relationship 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) stands between the violence and victimization by criminals of the would-be victims of crime.


Blue Lives Matter…

What is the meaning of the Thin Blue Line?

There are rotten eggs in any industry, field, or occupation. However, to besmirch the reputation of all LEOs, which has been commonplace as of late, to whip up a frenzy with false narratives to create a straw man purely for political gain is something particular “leaders” should be ashamed of and be taken to task for.

Common sense thinkers should not tolerate this behavior from those whose character should be above groundless accusations and inflammatory statements. We deserve better than that.

Remembering the Fallen

Thin Blue Line Memorial Order

We have been trusted with the honor of making many a Thin Blue Line bracelet in memorial to fallen officers (you can view some of these patriots on our Wall of Heroes).

Just as with our brave Military personnel, thank them when you see a Law Enforcement Officer next time. Let them know you appreciate that they are on call for your community, knowing that they are potentially putting their lives at risk each day they put on their uniform with every phone call and traffic stop.

Thin Blue Line Support from Para-cord Paul

We have an incredible warrior class in this country – people in law enforcement, and intelligence – and I thank God every night we have them standing fast to protect us from the tremendous amount of evil that exists in the world.

Brad Thor