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Fair Lawn Paints Thin Blue Line To Support Law Enforcement

(From left) P.O. Chris O’Shaughnessy, P.O. William Hickey, P.O. Brian Rypkema, PBA Local 67 President Luis Vasquez, P.O. Nicholas Snyder, P.O. John Rovetto, P.O. Juan Rodriguez & P.O. Javier Gutierrez.
(From left) P.O. Chris O’Shaughnessy, P.O. William Hickey, P.O. Brian Rypkema, PBA Local 67 President Luis Vasquez, P.O. Nicholas Snyder, P.O. John Rovetto, P.O. Juan Rodriguez & P.O. Javier Gutierrez. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Fair Lawn PD Sgt. Brian Metzler

FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Fair Lawn on Monday joined the growing trend of communities painting blue lines to support law enforcement.

Lines were painted onto Parmelee Avenue between Fair Lawn Avenue and Bergen Avenue, next to the Municipal Building.

"Fair Lawn Police would like to thank residents who have shown their appreciation over the past months and for their messages of support through social media that helped to make this possible," Police Chief Glen Cauwels said.

Mayor John Cosgrove noted that the department was just re-accredited, a significant accomplishment for any police agency."We're proud of our officers and they have the support and thanks of our community," the mayor told Daily Voice Monday afternoon.

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 and Wallington have all joined the trend.

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