is my fiancée's ring JUST for police officers? Sorta crushed.

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

Never heard of that before. I say if he likes it, he should wear it. The police don’t own that color combination or something.

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Swaneset Bay Resort & Country Club

My Darling Husband is a police officer and I showed him this… he said first “I like that, where did they get it?” And second when I actually explained the situation he said it doesn’t matter at all. Yes it’s a “police support” thing and a lot of officers themselves have some representation of it but it’s fine as long as he doesn’t play it off like he’s an officer himself or something. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee

I grew up in a home/community full of firefighters/police officers. The original intention of the “thin blue line” was to mourn a police officer who was killed in the line of duty. Family members and coworkers would wear a black arm band with a blue line on it during mourning. Then people started to put bumper stickers on their cars in memory of loved ones and before you knew it it grew to be a general sign of support and was showing up on all kinds of thing. There is also a “thin red line” for firefighters. 

I don’t think the ring has to mean anything, especially since I think the thin blue line has been taken so far from its original intention. It’d be like saying you can’t wear a rainbow because it’s a symbol of the gay rights movement. Symbols can mean many things to many people, or you can just find them visually appealing. 

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I had never heard of this until I just googled it.  I also googled tungsten and blue mens wedding band and there are a lot of other choices out there if he likes the color combination.  However, if he really likes that ring, I think it’s fine and I hardly noticed the blue band until I knew what I was looking for.

Post # 20
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Helper bee

justyourbasicpumpkinluvr :  my fiance is a police — you can wear the thin blue line things for support. It does not identify the person as a police, but they are probably a police, a loved one or a friend of them. It is supposed to be more of a down low signal, a sign to others of solidarity. Most people will not recongize it. But be careful. My fiance does not have it on his car or the flag. I got him a sticker and he put it on his refrigerator. If people know it is a house where police live or a car where police drive, they may break in because they hope to find a gun to steal. Also, bad guys do not like police, and you get more “points” if you hurt a police. So we do not put this on blast. But I do have a thin blue line necklace I wear sometimes, and a baseball cap.    

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I got some of the stretchy Qalo rings for me and my husband to wear on our honeymoon while snorkling etc.  I decided on the “thin blue line” design because I liked the colors and my husband’s favorite color is blue. It was a bonus to me that my purchase went to support police-related charities.  I didn’t feel weird wearing them.  We have traditional everyday rings.  If someone asked me if I was a police officer, I would just say I was not.  I also am fine wearing rainbow things when rainbow is a LGBTQ symbol.  I am not part of that community, but I certainly support it, and I like colorful things.  I figure that if I avoided every color pattern that represented one thing or another, I would end up naked.

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

justyourbasicpumpkinluvr :  Cop wife here, that is a thing, but it can be worn by people who are not police. I personally don’t have any thin blue line stuff, but I know a lot of police families who wear and have stuff ( my inlaws do)

The only downside to him wearing it is that people might think he is a police officer and he might just always have to be like no im not- but then again the only people who will notice are other cop/cop families and I dont think anyone will be offended by him wearing it.  

So, hes good 🙂 

Post # 23
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Helper bee

I’ve never heard such a thing.  I know at least 2 men that have this ring as their wedding band and they are not police officers nor has anyone said amy thing to them about it, other than its a nice ring!  If it were only for police officers, they wouldn’t sell it to people who are not.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

If I saw his ring I would assume he was a police officer, but I’m in the criminal justice field myself and my fiance was a corrections officer, so I’m familiar with the thin blue line symbolizing the mourning of fallen police officers. 

Post # 25
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Newbee

I’m surprised at how few people in the comments are familiar with this. The “thin blue line” is definitely very well known where I am, and if I saw that ring I would either assume one of you is a police officer or you are close to someone who is.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

justyourbasicpumpkinluvr :  the ‘thin blue line’ (on rings, flags, stickers, etc.) is deinfitely a police thing; Darling Husband has a ring similar (he’s an LEO).  When I see things that have the blue line like that, I assume that person is an LEO or supports police; so like PP said, if he’s ok with that association and he likes the ring, I’d keep it.  Honestly, from the picture it’s hardly noticeable so I don’t think anyone would really even notice unless they were looking closely at it.

Post # 27
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Helper bee

I have never heard of this ring style being reserved solely for LEOs. I think it could possibly be interpreted that way by some, but for me it’s just a cool looking ring. I love the colors blue and black/steel gray together so I would just think ‘wow that’s awesome, I want one!’. The ‘thin blue line’ is a symbol for LEO support, like PPs said, if he’s totally okay with that connotation then I don’t see a problem with it. I can’t see a LEO getting upset with your Fiance having that ring even if he’s not a LEO.

 

Short answer: no, it’s not a ring style reserved for LEOs. Get what you like! 🙂

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Law enforcement officers are considered “blue lives.” It’s not a negative thing it actually shows support of blue lives or represents that YOU are a blue life. I I wouldn’t worry if I were you. It doesn’t matter if he is or isnt a police or if he’s not wearing it “in support of.” It’s his life he likes it.  I love it!😊

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I know a guy who wears a silver toned ring with a blue stripe and he’s a civilian. I think the motif has become synonymous with law enforcement, but I’m pretty sure those rings existed long before the “Blue Lives Matter” thing.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’ve never heard of this but no police officers in my social world. I think it’s fine to wear it but I would probably not want people to ask if I am an officer for the rest of my married life. 

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