A new billboard has been popping up across the state and for many the meaning is close to their hearts.
A simple act of kindness has law enforcement officers feeling appreciated.
You many have seen this thin blue line billboard in cities across the state as a show of support for our law enforcement officers
Kyle Kirchmeier; Morton County Sheriff: “because you do want that support and really you need that support as law enforcement and the community work together, that just shows the connection there is strong.”
After seeing the thin blue line flag on social media as the DAPL Protests came to a close, Newman Signs decided there was a way to do more for those who wear the badge.
Ramona Gumke says after the tough year officers faced.. it was the least Newman Signs could do.
Ramone Gumke; Newman Billboards: “It’s nice to show a little support, especially during that time. They probably needed a little pick me up, working a protest like that definitely isn’t an easy thing and all the other things going on, the hostility towards law enforcement, it’s nice to show, and they need to know there is support for them out there.”
And for Gumke.. its something close to his heart.
Ramone Gumke; Newman Billboards: “Having been in law enforcement prior, I know first hand how important it is for people in the profession to know that they are appreciated because it is a thankless job.”
Local Law Enforcement say seeing the support from the community makes the long days worth while.
Dan Donlin; Bismarck Police Chief: “You know, that was a very difficult time for everybody in the community. Everybody involved. To see those then pop up was just really nice to show that even the, I always call it the silent majority, of people that support law enforcement and to see those billboards come up just backed that up.”
Kyle Kirchmeier; Morton County Sheriff: “There’s a lot of issues around the country with law enforcement and a lot of concern in some areas. But it’s really nice to know that we try and do everything possible to maintain public safety.”
Newman signs say they plan to continue hanging the police flag on billboards across the state when they’re in between contracts.