The Thin Line Between the Public and Danger

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In the 1950s LAPD Chief Bill Parker coined the term “thin blue line” as the barrier between law and order and social and civil anarchy. By the early 1970s, the term had spread to police departments across the U.S.

Use of the term became especially widespread following the release of Errol Morris' 1988 documentary film The Thin Blue Line. Recently other service branches have adopted Thin Lines in varying colors. Firefighters have adopted a red line, EMTs, a white one.

“We have carried the thin blue and thin red line flags at for many years,” says Kerry McCoy, President of “We have recently added to our Thin Line Flag collection for those who want to show support for those who protect and serve the public at great mental and physical cost.”

The complete list of Thin Line Flags from

  • Thin Gold Line for the steady voice of 911 operators and police dispatchers.
  • Thin Yellow Line for Security Guards and Security Personnel.
  • Thin Green Line for Federal Agents, Park Rangers, Wildlife Officers and Border Patrol.
  • Thin Orange Line for Search and Rescue and EMS personnel. Recent floods, hurricanes and other disasters have highlighted this role.
  • Thin Purple Line identifies support for those who suffered great injury or died in political office due to violence, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, for example.
  • Thin Silver Line for Corrections Officers currently serving or killed in the line of duty.
  • Thin White Line for Emergency Medical Services who risk their lives to save ours.

“While we hope this list does not have to grow, the impact of these brave men and women cannot be understated,” McCoy concludes.

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