The Thin Blue Line is symbolism that in Policing represents honor, valor, dedication, solidarity, and a host of other things within an honorable profession. It is used to remember the sacrifices officers have made throughout their careers. In some cases, that sacrifice is the giving of one’s life. Those who have lost a loved one use the Thin Blue Line as a way to remember and honor the sacrifice of the one they lost.
On November 23, 2015, the McFarland Police Department lost Officer Ryan Copeland in a tragic vehicle crash. The department uses the Thin Blue Line to honor and remember Ryan’s sacrifice. Learn more about Ryan here.