Ris­ing Sun adds new mer­chan­dise to ‘Back the Blue’ cam­paign

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

RIS­ING SUN — At Tues­day night’s town meet­ing, Po­lice Chief Fran­cis “Chip” Peter­son launched the lat­est ad­di­tions to the “Back the Blue” items be­ing sold at Ris­ing Sun Town Hall.

A year ago, the depart­ment be­gan sell­ing “Back the Blue” T-shirts. Pro­ceeds from the shirts went to­ward the Shop With A Cop Ce­cil County and the town’s an­nual Salute to Law En­force­ment/First Re­spon­ders break­fast.

Now there is also a win­dow cling and a mag­net with the same mes­sage and sup­port. Both 3-inch cir­cles carry the Ris­ing Sun Po­lice Depart­ment shield and “Back The Blue.” While the shirts sell for $20, the clings are $2 and the mag­nets go for $3. Peter­son said pro­ceeds of these new ad­di­tions will be used dif­fer­ently.

“These help off­set the cost of pub­lic pro­mo­tions and in­for­ma­tion cam­paigns,” he said.

Ris­ing Sun has held three of the break­fasts so far, invit­ing po­lice, EMS and fire­fight­ers to the ta­ble for free pan­cakes, waf­fles, ba­con, cof­fee and more.

Sign­ing a procla­ma­tion declar­ing Jan­uary 2015 as “Sup­port Our Po­lice Month” the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers — led by thenCom­mis­sioner Jen­nifer Scully — hosted the first break­fast at the con­clu­sion. It has since be­come an an­nual event in town hall with do­na­tions of food and man­power.

Mer­chan­dise sales will help cover costs, Peter­son said.

A new box of shirts re­cently ar­rived, Mayor Travis Mar­ion said. In­cluded in that ship­ment are larger sizes, in­clud­ing 2XL.

Mean­while, the mag­nets and win­dow clings were or­dered in small batches to gauge pub­lic re­cep­tion. If the first batch get snapped up, it’s likely more would be or­dered, he said.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

At the Tues­day night town meet­ing Ris­ing Sun Po­lice Chief Chip Peter­son in­tro­duced two new items be­ing sold at town hall to sup­port the town’s Back the Blue cam­paign.

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