Thin Blue Line
In May, Point 27 gave 3,000 Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength dog tag necklaces for Police Officers and 600 Folded Flag Necklaces for Families of Fallen Officers who attended the National Police Week events in Washington D.C.
The feedback from those who were strengthened and encouraged by the Shields of Strength continues to pour in.
C.O.P.S. to Point 27: “You made a huge impact.”
Chris Kahmke, a retired Law Enforcement Officer and current Director of Development for the nonprofit organization Concern of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) arranged for the distribution of the Thin Blue Line Shields to families who attended the National Police Week events in Washington DC. Kahmke said that the necklaces meant a great deal to the family members of Fallen Officers.
Kahmke said that every attendee at the C.O.P.S. conference that week was given a Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklace; and that the Folded Flag Necklaces will be presented to families attending the C.O.P.S. first-year survivor retreats.
In an email to Point 27, Kahmke wrote: “I want you to know, I saw child after child, spouses, co-workers wearing the necklaces throughout the conference. I have been approached by Chapter Presidents and Survivors asking who was behind this token of generosity. So on behalf of all our current and past survivors, thank you. You made a huge impact. You gave our survivors a daily reminder of their sacrifices, that they could wear in honor of their fallen officer(s).”
National Police Week
National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community. Principal organizers of National Police Week held in Washington DC, include the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which sponsors the annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial; the Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, which organizes the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol; and Concerns of Police Survivors, which holds the National Police Survivors’ Conference.
Statistics show that, on average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall
For attendees, one of the strongest centerpieces of Police Week is the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., that features the names of the nearly 19,000 Law Enforcement Officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
The Memorial is designed with four bronze lions, two male and two female; each watching over a pair of lion cubs.
Below each lion is carved a different quotation:
- “In valor there is hope,” from Tacitus
- “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion,” Proverbs 28:1
- A quote from President George H.W. Bush, “Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream.”
- The fourth quote is comprised of the words of a surviving widow of a Fallen Police Officer, Vivian Eney Cross. The quote reads: “It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.”
Subsequent to the National Police Week, Point 27 has been busy encouraging Law Enforcement Officers and family members of Fallen Officers with gifts of Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength dog tag necklaces and Folded Flag Pendant Necklaces. Gifts have been made to the Dallas, Beaumont, and Arlington, Texas Police Departments, the Kennesaw, Marietta, and Forsyth, Georgia Police Departments, the Santa Barbara, CA, Police Department, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. God’s Word engraved on a simple piece of metal is a powerful reminder of hope and strength. These Words encourage and strengthen Police Officers and Family Members of Fallen Officers during the toughest of times.