HELENA - Signs are popping up across Helena residences and businesses. They represent the 406 Back The Blue campaign.
The founder of the campaign is Samara Sant. She started the campaign, she said, after the Helena City Commission voted to hold off on spending almost $300,000 from the Helena Police Department budget until after a city review of police operations.
“The 406 Back The Blue campaign is a group of Lewis & Clark County voters, parents, concerned citizens who will be directly impacted if the Commission and the Mayor make this decision in haste without all the facts at their disposal, without listening to the people who will be directly impacted,” Sant said.
Sant's Facebook group gained over 3,100 members after one week of creating it. Signs were made in support of law enforcement.
“When a law enforcement officer, whomever they may be, they are driving around they are seeing these signs and it's just a visual 'Thank you,'" said Sant.
One Helena business is also supporting the 406 Back The Blue campaign stating that law enforcement officers should be appreciated.
“Because they protect and save our lives,” said Dani McDonald, the director of marketing at Kenny Simpson Nissan in Helena. “Everything that we have to do and need their help, they are here. Regardless of what's going on right now and people not wanting to support law enforcement, we are all about taking care of them and helping them, and also we just want to let them know that we appreciate everything that they do."
The Helena Nissan dealership will continue their support of the 406 Back The Blue campaign. On July 11, Nissan is having a Hero's BBQ inviting all law enforcement, fire & rescue, and military personnel for a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nissan dealership on Prospect avenue.