Demand soars for 'We Back the Badge' signs

Posted at 11:44 AM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 14:32:27-04

ST. FRANCIS -- More election signs are popping up in neighborhoods across the country, but in St. Francis it's 'We Back the Badge' signs that are showing up in front yards.

"When we see these signs, it's reassuring to know the job we are doing, people take it seriously, and they support us," says Officer Kevin Jackson with the St. Francis Police Department.

A group in Kenosha started the 'We Back The Badge' campaign more than a year ago.  It's to show support for all police officers, but since the shootings down in Dallas and across the country, the signs have been flying off the shelves.

"When something like this happens, officers are killed, it reactivates the community. It's a positive thing."

Sara Knox lives on Howard Ave., right across the street from the St. Francis Police Department. You won't find any election signs in her front yard, but you will find a sign supporting the men and women in blue.

"It's a 24/7 thing. It's not just during hard times. Our support never goes away," Knox says.

It's support Officer Jackson appreciates. He's been an officer for 29 years and says policing across the country has now changed since the ambush in Dallas.

"Right now,  I'm doing this interview with you outside and I'm scanning the tree line out here because you never know."