The term “thin blue line” typically refers to police officers being the difference between ordered society and anarchy.
Now, a San Antonio man is taking the “thin blue line” and starting a movement.
Small business owner Anthony Welichko appears to be keying in on the recent execution of a police officer in Texas to start what he calls the “Safe Harbor” initiative. He floated the idea on Facebook, and more than 88,000 people have shared it:
His post reads:
The Safe Harbor Initiative:
To all law enforcement who see this line, know that the residents of this home appreciate your service and dedication to keeping the peace. Know that when you enter the neighborhood and see these lines that you are not alone or without “back-up”. We do not need the media to make our voices of support for our police and emergency services heard ( though it would be nice). Lastly, if you are in my neighborhood and mean to harm a member of law enforcement, know that decision may be hazardous to you health as someone has that officers back!
Independent Journal Review reached out to Welichko for additional comment but he has not yet returned our messages.
The post has been cheered on by blogs. Even the urban legend hunter website Snopes has written about the post, not taking issue with the idea behind supporting the police, but wondering if police officers could “reliably find ‘back up’” in a Texas neighborhood.
San Antonio TV stations KSAT and KENS told Independent Journal Review that Welichko’s idea is legit, and that it is catching on at homes in Texas and even in New York.