More and more North Jersey towns are painting blue lines on their streets to show support for law enforcement.
Among the more recent:
- FAIRVIEW (Anderson Avenue);
- HASBROUCK HEIGHTS (Boulevard) ;
- LYNDHURST (Valley Brook Avenue) ;
- MAHWAH (Franklin Turnpike) ;
- MAYWOOD (Park/Maywood avenues) ;
- NORTHVALE (Paris Avenue) ;
- OAKLAND (Ramapo Valley Road between Lawlor Drive and Oak Street)
- RIDGEFIELD PARK (Main Street) ;
- RIVER VALE (Westwood Avenue and Rivervale Road).
NORWOOD also recently added a line on Broadway in front of police headquarters. WOODLAND PARK painted one down a stretch of McBride Avenue.
DUMONT took it a step further, with lines painted for police (blue), firefighters (red) and EMS (green). See photo, above .
"As a former law enforcement officer myself, I can't tell you how much the support of the community means," Emerson Councilman Brian Downing, a retired veteran Bergen County Sheriff's officer, told Daily Voice after a blue line was painted in his town.
"I am so proud to recognize our outstanding police officers," said Midland Mayor Harry Shortway Jr. -- who is also a Bergen County undersheriff. "The blue line is a reminder of how much we respect our officers and is a public acknowledgement of the sacrifices they make for us," he said.
Northvale Police Chief William Essmann called the blue line "particularly special because it’s a very public and recognizable symbol of appreciation. “
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Dating back decades, the "thin blue line" is used throughout the U.S. and Canada to symbolize the thin line between chaos and order.
It's employed, as well, to commemorate fallen law enforcement officers and to represent the shared commitment of all of them to protecting the public.
Citizens have begun using it in curb strips outside their homes and stores, while towns have been painting lines down important thoroughfares to show police that they have their backs.
Some of the towns in Bergen and Passaic with thin blue lines:
ROCHELLE PARK Police Chief Robert Flannelly and Police Commissioner Jay Kovalcik joined in painting a thin blue line in front of police headquarters on Berdan Street at West Passaic Street.
EMERSON joined the widespread number of communities by painting a thin blue line down Kinderkamack Road in a show of support for law enforcement.
LITTLE FERRY officials selected a special stretch of road for its blue line to support law enforcement.
SADDLE BROOK Mayor Robert White and Police Chief Robert Kugler helped paint a thin blue line in front of police headquarters on Tuesday -- joining the rapidly growing number of communities in North Jersey and nationwide showing support for law enforcement.
ALPINE Police Chief Christopher J. Belcolle thanked the mayor and council for what he called a "gesture of appreciation" and "acknowledgment of support."
LODI had a large turnout for the unveiling of its blue line supporting law enforcement.
WOODCLIFF LAKE became the latest North Jersey town to show support for law enforcement by painting a blue line in front of Borough Hall.
WANAQUE joined the growing number of towns throughout North Jersey and nationwide by painting a thin blue line in support of law enforcement.
CARLSTADT joined the growing trend of communities nationwide showing support for local police by painting a blue line down Hackensack Street.
******WYCKOFF officials “once again have set the bar high” by painting a thin blue line Franklin Avenue in support of law enforcement, Acting Police Chief David Murphy said Tuesday.
FAIR LAWN joined the growing trend of communities painting blue lines to support law enforcement.
It began last year with small blue lines painted on curbs -- and now a growing nationwide trend has come to EAST RUTHERFORD , where police will be honored with a blue line running down Patterson Avenue and Hackensack Street.
GLEN ROCK added a twist to the "blue line" movement by also painting white and red stripes in the middle of Harding Plaza in front of Borough Hall.
WALLINGTON joined the growing trend of communities painting blue lines to support law enforcement.
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