Emerson Latest To Add Thin Blue Line To Support Law Enforcement

EMERSON, N.J. -- Emerson joined the widespread number of communities in North Jersey and nationwide by painting a thin blue line down a stretch of Main Street early Wednesday in a show of support for law enforcement.

Emerson's thin blue line.
Emerson's thin blue line. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE photo

The borough "supports the Emerson Police Department and all law enforcement officers," Council President Chris Knoller said in a statement.

"As a former law enforcement officer myself, I can't tell you how much the support of the community means," Councilman Brian Downing, a retired veteran Bergen County Sheriff's officer, told Daily Voice.

Crews already were at work on an ongoing Kinderkamack Road project.

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, Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Ridgefield Park, Saddle Brook and Wallington and Wyckoff have all joined the trend.

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