Have you noticed blue strips painted on curbs in your community?

If you have and you’ve wondered what they mean, you’re not alone. The color of the lines, blue, may provide a hint. They are part of a trend set into motion by a resident of San Antonio named Anthony Welichko, who calls it “The Safe Harbor Initiative.” On his Facebook page, he explains:

This idea came to me as a way to show our law enforcement professionals that they are supported and appreciated. Too much attention ( in my opinion) is being given to those who wish our first responders harm and not enough to the majority that appreciate the risks these fine men and women take every day to protect us. This is not an organized movement requiring one to join, sign-up or reach out for permission. If you wish to show your support the same way I have then grab a can of paint and go for it…. This initiative has grown into what I had hoped, the silent majority coming together to show our police they are not alone, are greatly appreciated and fully supported in our communities.

Below is the viral post that got the initiative started. As of this writing, it has been shared 85,082 times.

The Safe Harbor Initiative:To all law enforcement who see this line, know that the residents of this home appreciate…

Posted by Anthony Welichko on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

However, the blue lines aren’t meant for just police, as its purpose is two-fold. Welichko warns:

[I]f you are in my neighborhood and mean to harm a member of law enforcement, know that decision may be hazardous to your health as someone has that officers [sic] back!

(h/t Mad World News)

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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