‘Back the Blue’ T-shirts sup­port lo­cal law en­force­ment

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— A new cam­paign is al­low­ing town res­i­dents to wear their sup­port for lo­cal law en­force­ment on their sleeve — lit­er­ally.

Ris­ing Sun Com­mis­sioner Joe Shep­hard came up with the idea to sell T-shirts for $20 to sup­port law en­force­ment as well as two lo­cal char­i­ties. The black shirts have white and blue let­ters across the front that read

RIS­ING SUN

“Ris­ing Sun Po­lice Depart­ment.” In black and white on the back is the town seal sur­rounded by a blue shield un­derneath the words “Back The Blue.”

“We were try­ing to re­ally find a way for peo­ple to get in­volved with law en­force­ment,” Shep­hard said Tues­day.

Pro­ceeds from the sales of the shirts will be split be­tween the town’s an­nual law en­force­ment break­fast in Jan­uary and the Ce­cil Coun- ty Shop With A Cop pro­gram for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren.

“Ris­ing Sun is re­ally in­volved with that,” the com­mis­sioner said.

Sev­eral of the board mem­bers and ev­ery of­fi­cer from the town po­lice depart­ment took part in last year’s SWAC. Chil­dren iden­ti­fied by their schools or other or­ga­ni­za­tions are paired with a uni­formed of­fi­cer to shop for them­selves and their fam­i­lies just be­fore Christ­mas.

The Law En­force­ment Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Break­fast salutes all first re­spon­ders with a hot meal. It’s a tra­di­tion that was started al­most three years ago by then-Com­mis­sioner Jen­nifer Scully. Shep­hard said peo­ple are ea­ger to help with the break­fast, but not all are able to be there in per­son to serve.

“They can buy a shirt just to sup­port them or to help with the break­fast,” he rea­soned. “A lot of peo­ple want to help but they just don’t have the time.”

To test the waters, Shep­hard said only 100 shirts were or­dered but more than half have al­ready been sold.

“We’ve al­ready had peo­ple in­quir­ing about kid sizes and larger adult sizes,” he said. “We started with the pop­u­lar sizes: small, medium, large and ex­tra-large. We didn’t want to get stuck with shirts.”

How­ever, if the suc­cess con­tin­ues, Shep­hard plans to get more sizes.

“We’re hop­ing we’ll have to or­der more,” he said.

The shirts are avail­able Mon­day through Fri­day 9 a.m. un­til 5 p.m. in Ris­ing Sun Town Hall. Cash and checks are ac­cepted.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Con­struc­tion on the Route 272 bridge is ex­pected to re­sume in the spring.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Ris­ing Sun is sell­ing these T-shirts to rais­ing funds for the an­nual law en­force­ment break­fast and Ce­cil County Shop With A Cop cam­paign. The shirts are avail­able for $20 each at town hall.

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