The Chief Constable of Northants Police, Nick Adderley, has said that he has got no problem with his staff wearing the ‘thin blue line badge’ and has said that he wears one too.
The ‘thin line’ emblem represents fallen members of the emergency services. They are often worn by emergency services personnel, and their supporters, as a mark of respect for their fallen colleagues.
The ‘thin line’ badge also represents the thin line between ‘order’ and ‘chaos’, and they act as a reminder that, in respect of the thin blue line, ‘the police is all that stands between relative order and complete chaos’.
A video had surfaced on social media several weeks ago that was filmed by a male who took it upon himself to challenge a female police officer over the wearing of her thin blue line badge.
The publicity stunt blew up in the face of the YouTuber after hundreds of people condemned him for dishonouring the fact that the female police officer who he had ‘doorstepped’ was wearing the badge as a mark of respect for her fallen colleagues.
Chief Constable Nick Adderley had tweeted in support of the thin blue line badge after an officer tweeted to say that some people were still ‘calling for this [thin blue line badge] to be banned’.
Responding to the tweet, CC Adderley tweeted:
‘Not in my force. I wear one and encourage my staff to wear one. We are the thin blue line, and we should be proud of that.
‘Our quest for a thicker line (in terms of numbers not intellect) blue line continues’.
He added that Northants police was on target to recruit 1501 officers over the next three years.
Supporters of the emergency services can also buy a ‘thin red line’ (fire & rescue service) as well as a ‘thin green line’ (emergency ambulance service) badge to show their support for the respective services.
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