Thorsby shows support for police

Thorsby displayed support for law enforcement with “we support our police” flags along U.S. 31 in the heart of town. (Photo by Anthony Richards)

Thorsby displayed support for law enforcement with “we support our police” flags along U.S. 31 in the heart of town. (Photo by Anthony Richards)

Over the past several months, several displays of police support have been seen throughout the county, with black and blue ribbons placed on houses, mailboxes and storefronts.

“We were looking for a way that we could show our support and appreciation,” Thorsby Mayor Jean Nelson said. “It is never a bad time to give recognition to those who keep us safe and secure.”

One of the more evident signs of support is in Thorsby, where U.S. 31 along the center of town is lined with “we support our police” flags.

“This day in time that we live in, police officers seem to get a lot of blame,” Thorsby Police Chief Rodney Barnett said. “We are fortunate to live in a county that supports us as a whole.”

The flags send a clear message of support for local law enforcement and cannot help but catch the eye of residents and visitors passing through town.

“It is a tough job that they do everyday, and many times do not get the proper thanks that they deserve,” Nelson said.

The flags were replaced by American flags for the Labor Day weekend, but were put back up immediately following.

According to Nelson, the flags are expected to continue to be a mainstay in the heart of town at least into the near future.

Burnett acknowledged the fact that supporting police does not mean ignoring forms of corruption or misuse of the badge, which is something that he will not stand for.

“A simple thank you from a citizen means the world to me personally and to the rest of our department,” Barnett said.

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