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Southington PD receive support with tape trend

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Blue tape placed on cars and homes in support of police officer. (WFSB) Blue tape placed on cars and homes in support of police officer. (WFSB)
SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WFSB) -

Recent police tragedies have been met with a blue lining in Southington.

Residents have been placing thin strips of tape on their cars to show solidarity with local officers.

Channel 3's Eva Zymaris spoke with Southington Police who said they are grateful for the support.

Lt. Michael Baribault said the strip has great meaning to him.

"That little gesture? It means a lot. It really does," said Baribault.

There have been a string of shooting on police officers including in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Although officers usually don't expect tragedies of that magnitude, they say dangerous situations are just part of the job.

"When you sign up for this job, it's not an easy job," said Baribault.

The idea originated in Washington and it's popularity grew on social media.

Eric Friedland, who works at the Lowes in Southington said people have recently been buying tape for the trend.

"We've had a few people--a handful of people--come in and said they were purchasing the tape for the purpose of putting it on their vehicles," said Friedland.

Officers say the tape is a small gesture that spreads a crucial message.

"If we can work together and support our citizens, and they support us, [that] makes our job easier and it makes life around here a lot easier," said Baribault.

In addition to the tape, cops have received numerous donations of coffee, cards and foods.

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