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Blue lights, proclamations support police

The community showed its support for their Shafter Police Department last week as they participated in National Police Week. In addition to the proclamations given out by Mayor Chad Givens to the different departments in the police force, residents participated in Project Blue Light.

Police dispatchers and police officers were honored for their sacrifices in making Shafter one of the safest cities in the county, if not the state of California.

Retired Assistant Police Chief Diana Burnett provided blue lights to put in porch lights as part of Project Blue Light, a tribute to officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice as well as a show of support to those who continue to work protecting America's communities.

Several neighborhoods in Shafter, including Oak Court and the surrounding streets, bathed the night in blue light, honoring those who sacrificed their lives for the protection of their communities. The action also honored those who continue to serve their cities

Project Blue Light is a simple gesture. Residents are asked to show your support by placing a blue candle in a window or decorating a tree outside their home with blue lights to remind everyone that law enforcement officers serve and protect every day of the year.

The idea for Project Blue Light began in 1989 when Dolly Craig wrote to Concerns of Police Survivors to say that she would be putting two blue candles in her living room window during the holiday season: one for her son-in-law, Daniel Gleason, who had been killed in the line of duty while serving the Philadelphia Police Department in 1986, and one for her daughter and Danny's wife, Pam, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1989.

Craig is now deceased as well, but her idea is her legacy. Project Blue Light now burns bright in the hearts of the nearly 15,000 surviving families of America's fallen law enforcement officers who represent COPS..

Since Project Blue Light was introduced by the organization, it has been embraced by many law enforcement organizations and their families. "This is such a great way to honor our law enforcement heroes, and letting the community be involved in an effort like this one, bringing the community together with their law enforcement protectors," Burnett said.


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