EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- 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.
"This is just a small way for us to say 'Thank you' to our local police and police across the country who put their lives on the line every day," borough Councilman Joel Brizzi told Daily Voice.
Brizzi introduced the resolution, which the council approved 4-0, to paint the lines near police headquarters.
Carlstadt joined the trend, as well. CLICK HERE: http://rutherford.dailyvoice.com/police-fire/carlstadt-paints-thin-blue-line-to-support-law-enforcement/682742/
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 is used, 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.
Wayne Township painted a line of its own earlier this week -- to this point the only North Jersey municipality to do so.