WYCKOFF, N.J. – Wyckoff officials “once again have set the bar high” by painting a thin blue line Franklin Avenue in support of law enforcement, Acting Police Chief David Murphy said Tuesday.
“We continue to appreciate their unfailing attention to law enforcement,” Murphy said after the line was painted between Wyckoff and Godwin avenues.
Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco granted permission to paint the thin blue line on a county road, which runs through the main section of town, Mayor Kevin J. Rooney said.
“Wyckoff is honored to have such a dedicated group of police officers that work tirelessly to keep Wyckoff a safe and vibrant community for our residents and businesses,” Road Commissioner John A. Carolan said.
“Their job is not easy, but they go to work every day to serve our community with distinction,” he added.
The police department was rocked when municipal officials demoted former Chief Benjamin Fox to patrolman in the wake of an email to his squad that Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said violated state Attorney General guidelines by promoting racial profiling.
Walker and his staff have received high praise for their professionalism, poise and dedication throughout and after the ordeal.
“Painting a blue line in Wyckoff is a symbolically tangible way in which we can show our ongoing support for them,” Deputy Police Commissioner Rudy Boonstra said Tuesday.
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.
“A simple ‘thank you’ can mean the world to so many,” said Rooney, the mayor. “If you see an officer around town, let them know you appreciate their service and commitment to our great community…Say ‘Thank you’.”