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PUBLIC ENCOURAGED TO FLY BLUE RIBBONS ON AUTOS TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR POLICE

May 11, 2012

MOUNT HOLLY - Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Mount Holly Police Chief Steve Martin announced today that blue ribbons are available to members of the public as part of a nationwide effort to honor law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

The initiative, dubbed the “Blue Ribbon Campaign,” is held in conjunction with National Police Week, which begins May 13, 2012.

The Prosecutor’s Office and the Burlington County Police Chiefs’ Association, of which Chief Martin is president, are spearheading the effort in Burlington County. The campaign is funded each year by Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.), which has distributed more than one million ribbons nationwide. (For more information, visit http://www.nationalcops.org)

Citizens are encouraged to tie a blue ribbon to the antenna or door handle of their vehicle. These blue ribbons are intended to be a tribute to law enforcement personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice and also to show support for the men and women in blue.

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office has made ribbons available to Burlington County municipal police departments. Members of the public who wish to show their support should contact their local police department to receive a ribbon. The ribbons are also available at the BCPO and the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department.

Thousands of blue ribbons will fly on May 15, 2012, during the National Peace Officers Memorial Day Service in Washington D.C. The ceremony honors and remembers law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2011.

Locally, the Burlington County Police Chiefs’ Association will hold a Wreath Laying Ceremony on Wednesday May 16, 2011 to remember fallen law enforcement officers from Burlington County. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Burlington County Public Safety Center, located on Academy Drive in Westampton, N.J. The public and members of the media are encouraged to attend. 

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