TEMECULA, CA – Representatives of a citizen-based social media Facebook Group named “Temecula Talk,” comprised of more than 36,000 members, received unanimous support by the Temecula City Council to champion a citywide “Blue Ribbon Campaign” as a way for the community to visibly show appreciation to the Temecula Police Department. Kerrin Smith and Dana Arrington, Admins of the social media group Temecula Talk, presented a handmade community-signed card to the City captioned, “We Support Our Police Officers,” and proposed a campaign to place blue ribbons outside City Hall and encourage residents and businesses to do the same throughout Temecula.
The Blue Ribbon Campaign is, simply, the community display of blue ribbons to show appreciation of law enforcement. It will be kicked-off on Saturday, September 17th and continue for approximately 2 months until the holiday season. The initiative demonstrates that the citizens and businesses of Temecula recognize, respect and appreciate the responsibilities, hazards, and sacrifices made by law enforcement officers. “This initiative has been implemented in towns, cities and counties nationwide over the years and it’s our turn,” stated Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar. “We are grateful to the men and women who risk their own personal safety every day to safeguard our citizens’ property and lives and now, more than ever, the least we can do is hang blue ribbons as a gesture to show the City’s gratitude,” Mayor Naggar added.
The Temecula Police Department, through its dedicated and proactive service to the citizens of Temecula, has established a family-friendly but tough-on-crime reputation that continues to preserve safe neighborhoods with superior public safety services for Temecula residents, visitors and businesses. Mayor Pro-Tem Maryann Edwards stated, “It’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm by our residents who are proposing this Blue Ribbon Campaign. Chief Kubel and his team of police officers have done an outstanding job keeping Temecula ranked as one of the safest cities in the Nation, and Temecula citizens are very proud of this fact.” Over the past decade, Temecula has been consistently ranked each year as one of the safest cities in the United States per FBI statistics.
The City of Temecula encourages families, friends, and businesses to join us in front of City Hall on Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with a special program beginning at 10:00 a.m. to kick-off the “Blue Ribbon Campaign” which will include the Chief of Police, the Mayor, City Council Members, and others. In addition, this family-friendly event will include kids’ activities, vendor booths, display of police vehicles, a Family First photo booth, and an important opportunity to show communitywide support to our law enforcement and their spouses/families who will be in attendance as well. All attendees will receive blue ribbons to take with them to prominently display outside their homes or businesses. Blue ribbons will also be available at City Hall after September 17th while supplies last.
Businesses, organizations or individuals who wish to volunteer, or exhibit/contribute with a related service or product as a vendor, including blue ribbons, in support of law enforcement at the Blue Ribbon Campaign kick-off event on September 17th or throughout the campaign are invited to contact Dawn Adamiak at 951 240-4268 or Dawn.Adamiak@cityoftemecula.org.