ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. -- 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.
The "continued support" of township officials, employees and emergency service workers, "and most importantly our residents allows us to continue the high level of dedication and service to all members of our community," Flannelly said Thursday.
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. ALSO SEE: Blue Pro-Law Enforcement Lines Stretching Across Bergen, Passaic