Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. Announces 2015 Events and “Step Out in Blue” Plans

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Dec. 23, 2014 - PRLog -- On Tuesday, December 16, staff with Wives Behind the Badge created an event to encourage individuals to “Step Out in Blue” to show quiet support of law enforcement officers across the nation.  In less than 24 hours, the event expanded and volunteers found themselves answering emails and phone calls from news stations in Alabama, California, Maryland and Colorado, among others.  The national media team stepped up to serve as the voice of this movement by providing details about Step Out in Blue, the organization and its programs.  The official event, which took place on Friday, December 19 yielded 26,000 participants who confirmed they would attend via the Facebook event page.  Staff believes this does not come close to the actual number of people who chose to participate.

Even prior to the explosive response of this event, national media staff was working to develop its 2015 calendar.  Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. is proud to announce “2015: A Year of Blue”, which will serve as a mechanism to continue to spread positive news and information about law enforcement.  While this has already been in place since the fall, the media team will continue to seek out and accept these stories to share as part of its #bluehonor campaign.

Additionally, “Step Out in Blue” events are planned for the third Thursday of every month during the calendar year.  Individuals, businesses and anyone who wishes to support law enforcement are encouraged to wear blue on these dates, snap a picture and share across social media with the hashtag #stepoutinblue – already trending on Facebook.  In the month of May, Police Week has long-served as a time to honor law enforcement, commencing with a ceremony at the Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.  It is during that week that Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. will encourage these same supporters to honor officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice and those who continue to serve and protect by planning vigils and quiet gatherings in their own towns and communities.  During National Thank a Police Officer Day, WBTB Auxiliaries throughout the country will, as always, plan meals, treats and general offerings of thanks to departments across the United States – and this year, will do so with a bit more blue.  Anyone interested in working with an Auxiliary in their state is encouraged to contact them via their Facebook page.

The organization is also in the process of continuing the planning process of its Inaugural Conference and Retreat, which will take place at Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, WV on July 17-19, 2015.  WBTB is honored to have keynote speakers Victoria Newman (How to Love Your Cop) and Lisa Oliver (best known as Mrs. Chief of the Brimfield (OH) Police Department and the Chief Oliver Foundation).  Amidst the backdrop of the WV mountains, the resort offers amenities for everyone and WBTB will offer multiple breakout sessions, a movie night and other activities to provide police wives and other participants with a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.  For more information, please visit the organization’s website.

It is important to note that Wives Behind the Badge has been in existence since 2006 and this year, was honored by GuideStar as an outstanding organization.  Our many programs are in place to serve law enforcement officers and their families throughout the country. WBTB offers scholarships for children and spouses, manages a program that honors the fallen through its H.A.L.O.S. (Helping Aid Lost Officers' Surviviors) program and maintains its 24-hour support forum, which is the heart of the organization.

With LODDs up 11% since last year, it is the hope of Wives Behind the Badge that with the spreading of awareness and more people choosing to support law enforcement, we may finally see a reduction in these numbers.

Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. (R) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to serving as a positive voice for our law enforcement community. Donations are appreciated via PayPal to donate@wivesbehindthebadge.org or mail checks payable to Wives Behind the Badge, Inc., PO BOX 3126, Quartz Hill, CA 93586. All contributions are tax deductible. (Tax ID#26-1451580)

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