How to Support the Blue
While most of us have seen or heard stories about bad actors in police uniform, most of those who serve as police serve with honor and integrity under stressful situations. There are many ways to show the police your support, whether it's directly or indirectly.
Wear police blue on Tuesdays.The campaign Tuesday Blue's Day aims to show civilian support of police officers.
Go to social networking websites.See the Facebook page WearPoliceBlue and the hashtags #TuesdayBluesday, #PoliceSupport, and #Cops.
Add a blue stripe to your car.Paint a medium/royal blue stripe or place painted tape on your back windshield, or the rear bumper of your vehicle (about 1/2 inch or 1 inch wide and about 6 inches long).
Support candidates, and put up signs, for law and order candidates (who support the blue).Vote for your kind of improvements/change.
Help affirm the idea that police's safety and lives matter.Donate to police charities and otherwise support families of police killed on duty. Consider raising money to donate. Support the penalties for assault on a police officer.
Encouraging Public Safety
Report crimes and vandalism.If someone is committing a small crime, e.g. smoking in a nonsmoking area or not wearing a seat belt, say "Please don't do that. That can hurt people/you." Be watchful for larger crimes that take place.
- Call the tip line, if you recognize a perpetrator who is on a video shown on the local TV news showing the commission of a crime, or on "most-wanted" posters at the U.S. Post Office.
- Join or organize a neighborhood crime watch association.
Encourage local protesters to be peaceful and stay safe.Sometimes looters will take advantage of the activity to try to cause harm. Encourage peaceful protesters to go stop the looters if they see it happening.
- Encourage them to comply with any orders given by police.
- Sometimes, outsiders will come into peaceful protests and attempt to hand out weapons or rile the local protesters up. Tell others to be aware of this, so they can send those people away.
Volunteer for an organization that promotes public safety.
Considering Police Violence
Ask yourself whether you are okay with America's record of police brutality.America's police are far more violent than police in other countries.Activists and the UN Human Rights Council have voiced serious concerns about the issue.
Recognize that it is possible to support police in general without being racist.You can love your local officers and police in general while still acknowledging that...
- Be respectful of the families of dead men, women, and children, just as you respect the families of fallen officers.
Support training to help police know how to respond to minorities.Some of the tragedies in the news could be prevented by better training. Training programs can help police feel confident, make the right decisions, and be better supported by their community.
- Encourage police to respond with minimal violence.
- Encourage Police officers to interact in schools with children of color or disabled children, so they can get to know and trust each other.
Interacting with Police
Tell officers that you like them and appreciate their service to the community.
- Some traits to describe police:valor, service, duty, fidelity and integrity.
Have good etiquette when pulled over.Keep your hands on your car's steering wheel, until asked to get your license. Move slowly, if police may stop you for a traffic violation, speeding, or unknown reason,...
Be polite and appreciative of police officers.Be agreeable, apologize -- apologize sincerely.
- Say "Yes sir" or Yes ma'am", matter-of-factly, appropriately, don't be sarcastic.
- Say, "Thank you." -- but, not too sweet, or saucy (not too cute).
- Thank them for working hard to keep everyone (of all colors) safe.
When you see a police officer, go up to them and thank them for helping keep the community safe.They will appreciate it.
Video: Strider Speaks In Support of the Blue Tape Project
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