The Thin Blue Line Police Code For Don't Ticket My Family

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Since: May 07

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Sticker shock
Crossing the Thin Blue Line
Published 07.10.02
By Russ Tarver



"The Thin Blue Line is a phrase known worldwide to police officers.

You've seen them. They hurtle past you on Ga. 400, cut you off in the Phipps Plaza parking lot, and linger for days in short-term parking at the airport. Nine times out of 10, they're on an expensive car. Sometimes the stripe in the middle of the black rectangle will be blue, other times red.

What are these power decals? Do they really represent a close connection to the police and fire departments -- and, rumor has it, immunity from the law? My goal was get one.

Reaching high into the stratosphere of my social circle, I met the proud owner of one of these stickers. We'll call him Joe.

Joe lives in Roswell. He has a pool, a hot tub, an acre of property. He also has a $50,000 SUV and a Mercedes. And what does he have on both to elevate their elite status even further? You guessed it: power decals -- two on the SUV and one on the Benz.

"Don't use my real name. Those stickers cost me $32,000 over two years," he said.

He must be kidding. Let's say the average ticket is $125. That would be an unlikely 256 tickets. He would've gotten a better return buying WorldCom stock.

"Are they really that good?" I asked.

"Well, I got the first one from Sheila. Her brother's a cop. The other came from Gwen. Her dad's a park ranger," he explained. "So far, I've never been pulled over."

So these were women he'd been out with -- and he'd spent the $32,000 on dates.

I'd have to delve deeper. I looked no further than my office parking deck.

There were two prospects in my immediate field of view. One was a BMW, the other a Lexus. Both had stickers with blue stripes.

It was time to track down the owners. BMW was willing to talk.

"I used to work at a local police department doing consulting work," explained Yvonne (not her real name). "Through connections to the sheriff at the department, I was able to get my sticker. They're called 'Thin Blue Line' stickers."

"Do they really work?" I asked.

"I've been pulled over four times and I've never gotten a ticket. Three of the times, the police made references to the sticker. The fourth time, I volunteered where it came from and he let me go with a warning. Yes, they've worked for me."

Yvonne pointed out that she acquired the stickers for a legitimate reason: She'd done years' worth of work for local police departments.

"How do I get one?" I asked.

She said I had to know someone in the force.

Dissatisfied, I began an Internet search to find out how I might acquire a decal. After my five-minute Google search for a Thin Blue Line decal proved fruitless, I decided to try looking for the fire department's "Thin Red Line" (I guessed at the name). Perhaps it would work just as well.

After skipping over a couple of Thin Red Line movie review URLs, I quickly found a website where I could order my very own Thin Red Line of Courage decal -- for a mere $3 through the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This was too easy.

As for the Thin Blue Line decal, it was impossible to find. So the police version must be legitimate.

Driving home from work one day, I notice a couple of less-flashy cars proudly boasting power decals. One was a minivan, the other a Ford Escort. Were they posing for the sake of impunity, or were they simply expressing their support of the force? Perhaps they knew of a website I didn't.

One thing's certain -- and another is becoming clearer by the minute: If you're looking to cheat the police out of a ticket, you're crossing a thin line. Unless, perhaps, the one on your decal happens to be blue.

Russ Tarver
BOB

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Are you serious? What is the point in this post? The only thing I've seen added by you was "the thin blue line police code for don't ticket my family". So...is this just a statement or a repost of an article that couldn't be any less interesting or valid?
For starters, google search "thin blue line" and you will see that the 4th thing that is listed will be a google shopping result for "thin blue line" stickers that anyone in the world can purchase provided that they have about $3.00 plus postage to spare. That being said, if you research the meaning behind thin blue line symbol, it states that it's a symbol that shows support of law enforcement.
This seems to contradict the article you provided, which by the way was from July of 2002...way to keep up with your current events. Why would one post this article almost 9 years later, and not even bother to take 60 seconds and see if any of the content of the article was even still valid...b/c guess what, it isn't. The funny thing about vehicles is that they can be sold. Just because you run out and buy the brand new 2012 model, doesn't mean you will be the owner of said vehicle for the remainder of it's days. Sometimes these cars get sold, traded, gifted, or some other method of fate. As well, it appears that in 2012 anyone can simply get on the internet and purchase one of these for less than the cost of most fast food meals.
Now taking all of this into account, and discovering that there aren't any systems in place that make these stickers exclusive to law enforcement, or their "family"...doesn't it seem a bit foolish to entertain the idea that anyone in their right mind would actually think that something as simple as a decal would symbolize that owner of such is in some way/shape/or form connected or related to law enforcement, and then turn a blind eye to them jut b/c they have a "sticker"? It would seem to me that if one wanted to make a connection to someones employment, perhaps they should depend upon a departmental identification card. Good thinking sir, thanks for sharing the dusty, outdated, and certainly invalid article.
BOB

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I figured I should also provide some form of sources for my research...which took about 60 seconds to find...total.

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=pfwl&...

("thin blue line" google search)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thin_Blue_Li... (emblem)

("thin blue line" symbol explanation)

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Thanks Bob, love your new facebook pic.

When are you going to stop wearing your Sheriff's uniform?

You have been fired for 3 years now.
BOB

Brunswick, GA

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Jan 24, 2012
 
Rick Rogers wrote:
Thanks Bob, love your new facebook pic.
When are you going to stop wearing your Sheriff's uniform?
You have been fired for 3 years now.
Wrong Bob, mine is an acronym, I believe the Bob you are speaking of is probably short for Robert or something similar.

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Jan 24, 2012
 
BOB wrote:
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Wrong Bob, mine is an acronym, I believe the Bob you are speaking of is probably short for Robert or something similar.
Sure,

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Since: May 07

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Jan 24, 2012
 
Just like your fat ass friend Godley.
BOB

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Thanks for the flattery, but I don't know the guy. And as for my acronym, I was actually referring to Blonde on Blonde, an album released by Bob Dylan in the 1960's. Which happens to be one of my favorite albums of all time. Any more lovely insults you'd like to toss my way?
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Bob just ignore him. Most of us topix folks know you can't fix stupid and he has axes to grind against all law enforcement.
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Oh we all know what Rick is about and in alot of years he has chosen to avoid Bob Godley like the plauge. Just like Sheriff Gregory since he got put in his place. Rick lets face it you are so engulfed with Bob Godley why don't you just go ask for his autograph and a picture with him. He would probably do that for you since your such a huge fan of his.
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Rick Rogers wrote:
Sticker shock
Crossing the Thin Blue Line
Published 07.10.02
By Russ Tarver
"Through connections to the sheriff at the department, I was able to get my sticker. They're called 'Thin Blue Line' stickers."
"Do they really work?" I asked.
"I've been pulled over four times and I've never gotten a ticket. Three of the times, the police made references to the sticker. The fourth time, I volunteered where it came from and he let me go with a warning. Yes, they've worked for me."
Yvonne pointed out that she acquired the stickers for a legitimate reason: She'd done years' worth of work for local police departments.
"How do I get one?" I asked.
She said I had to know someone in the force.
Dissatisfied, I began an Internet search to find out how I might acquire a decal. After my five-minute Google search for a Thin Blue Line decal proved fruitless, I decided to try looking for the fire department's "Thin Red Line" (I guessed at the name). Perhaps it would work just as well.
After skipping over a couple of Thin Red Line movie review URLs, I quickly found a website where I could order my very own Thin Red Line of Courage decal -- for a mere $3 through the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This was too easy.
As for the Thin Blue Line decal, it was impossible to find. So the police version must be legitimate.
Driving home from work one day, I notice a couple of less-flashy cars proudly boasting power decals. One was a minivan, the other a Ford Escort. Were they posing for the sake of impunity, or were they simply expressing their support of the force? Perhaps they knew of a website I didn't.
One thing's certain -- and another is becoming clearer by the minute: If you're looking to cheat the police out of a ticket, you're crossing a thin line. Unless, perhaps, the one on your decal happens to be blue.
Russ Tarver
I should have known that you didn't author this piece. There are no typos or mispelled words!
Actually; the Thin Blue Line is no longer in effect! It has been replaced by a new logo, since anyone who wants to, can pretend they are law enforcement and stick one on their vehicle because they beleive they won't get a ticket.
The original concept was that Law Enforcement Personnel would place these stickers on their vehicle so that other Law Enforcement would know and recognize that the owner/operator of the vehicle; was IN FACT, Law Enforcement, or family members of Law Enforcement and may possibly be armed. In fact, you had to supply your PBLE number, and work place, in order to place an order for them. As with everything else in this world, some one figured out how to make pirated replicas and turn a profit. It was a good system when it first started and brothers recognized brothers. Now there are so many police impersonators out there, that the originating entity developed a new logo and did away with the old thin blue line. So now all of you wanna be's can continue to waste your money on a worthless decal that really doesn't mean anything any more. It was never developed to keep any one from being issued a citation. It was developed to help "Brothers in Blue" recognize each other and understand that they may be armed.
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I remember that police equipment supply stores used to ask for credentials before you could purchase a blue line sticker. Now, anyone can purchase them, they've lost their meaning.
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Jan 25, 2012
 
Have you heard this? Don't bring me your speeding tickets to fix.
JO JO

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Jan 26, 2012
 
I want one I can speed all over Cadmen and not get a ticket, j/k, do'nt think those work here.
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Jan 27, 2012
 
line in the sand wrote:
I remember that police equipment supply stores used to ask for credentials before you could purchase a blue line sticker. Now, anyone can purchase them, they've lost their meaning.
They don't mean anything any more. Most people who have them on their vehicles have no affiliation with law enforcement. Personally, I think they are impersonating a police officer if they have one on their vehicle and are not affiliated with the police. They were originally meant to be a symbol of brotherhood for law enforcement and to identify law enforcement family members. They also let the police know of a possible firearm in the vehicle. No body likes the police, but everybody wants to be one!(figurativly speaking, of course, when it suits their need) The reason they put it on their car is because they think it will keep them from getting a ticket because cops don't write other cops tickets, right?! So, essentially, if they put it on their car and they are not affiliated with law enforcement, then they are impersonating a police officer! What are they going to do when the officer requests to see their badge and credentials?!
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I have a blue line sticker and a 10-8 sticker on my truck. But still I get pulled over and have been asked what 10-8 stands for! I ell them show the officer my and my wife credentials and hey let us go! If u have a sticker and you can't prove u are in or have family in Law enforcement then your sticker should be removed and you should get a ticket! Just sayin!
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I agree. Take it off if you are not in law enforcement.
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Jan 27, 2012
 
2012 hurry please wrote:
I have a blue line sticker and a 10-8 sticker on my truck. But still I get pulled over and have been asked what 10-8 stands for! I ell them show the officer my and my wife credentials and hey let us go! If u have a sticker and you can't prove u are in or have family in Law enforcement then your sticker should be removed and you should get a ticket! Just sayin!
Impersonating a police officer is a felony!
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Jan 27, 2012
 
I bought a car from a FLTEC instructor with one of those stickers on it for my son. We, my son and I, began to pull it off, and paint started to come off with it. Needless to say, it is still on the car. I guess those things were made to last! And as far as stopping you from getting a ticket, well, it aint stopped him from getting one. Im just glad he isnt on my insurance anymore.
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That's not impersonation.....read the code section.

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