Man Starts Movement to Support Police by Using Painter’s Tape
Man Starts Project Blue Stripe to Support Police by Using Painter’s Tape
Maple Valley, WA – Andy Audette decided that he wanted to show his appreciation for law enforcement, so he took a roll of blue painter’s tape and put a strip across the back of his Dodge truck. He shared the idea on his local Facebook page, and the idea quickly took off, prompting hundreds of people in the area to add blue tape to their cars. Project Blue Stripe now has a dedicated Facebook page where people can share their support for their local law enforcement officers.
Q13 Fox reports:
“When Baton Rouge shootings happened, I said we have to do something immediately,” said Audette.
It’s an act he shared on the community of Maple Valley Facebook page.
“So I thought what could people do immediately that isn’t going to cost anything and isn’t going to take up much time, and just as I was thinking through that, I was in the garage, and I found a roll of blue tape,” said Audette.
But what happened from there isn’t what he expected.
“I thought it would be cool to see a few blue stripes around Maple Valley; I had no idea that it would get all the way to Australia, Arizona, Hawaii- I had no idea,” said Audette.
Now volunteers are striping cars at Pocket Park, near Maple Valley’s QFC. They estimated they striped more than 150 before a planned event even kicked off.
And the movement isn’t just limited to cars, the blue stripes can be seen on storefronts, too, like Johnson’s Home and Garden in Maple Valley, which is offering a 25 percent discount on blue painter’s tape for anyone who wants to participate.
“We just had to beef up our order and we’re going to get a lot more coming in but with the feedback, I think we’ll need lots more,” said Jim Nadig, the store manager.
While Audette didn’t expect for this movement to spread the way it did, he says it only affirms just how many people stand by police.
We appreciate people like Andy Audette who take their time to show support for law enforcement. Law enforcement been under attack recently, and it’s good to see that people still support their local police officers.