Angola officers surprised, grateful by city’s show of support

Angola Police were surprised about the this show of support. The city painted a blue line with the words "We Support You" outside the department.
Angola Police were surprised about the this show of support. The city painted a blue line with the words "We Support You" outside the department.

ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) – When officers in Angola saw street department workers outside the police department, they weren’t sure what to expect. When the workers left, officers saw a blue line painted on the street with the words ‘We support you.’

“It is cool,” Angola Police Assistant Chief Ken Whitmire said.

A cool blue line marks the front of the Angola Police Department.

“Coming out, getting into your vehicle every afternoon or whenever you step out of the department that’s exactly what you see,” Whitmire said.

As cool as it looks, it means much more to the police officers of Angola. It’s a sign of support they weren’t expecting.

“I had given some information to the chief and the mayor about a month ago,” Whitmire said. “One of our officers had sent me an email from a site in Pennsylvania that had done something just like this for their police department.”

A surprising sign of support from a surprising group of people. After receiving the email city employees thought they should do the same, and the Mayor gave it the go ahead.

“I think it’s great, the support just not only from the community, but also members of the city that work for the city,” Officer Case Gilbert said.

This isn’t the only sign of support around Angola. About a half mile from the department, homeowners on Stevens Street decorated their yards with blue ribbons.

“For the last year, year and a half, especially for the last six months we have had sort of an outpouring of support from the community itself,” Whitmire said. “A lot of officers when they go out to dinner, somebody within that restaurant will pay their dinner. People just come out of the woodwork to tell you thank you.”

“I’ve been here my entire life, and I’ve never once seen a group of individuals that say we do not support the police,” Gilbert said.

The paint is permanent street paint so the line is here to stay.

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