HELENA — These signs (pictured above) are popping up across Helena residences and businesses. They represent the 406 Back The Blue campaign.
Samara Sant, the founder of the campaign, says she said she started this campaign 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,” says Samara, the founder of the campaign.
Samara’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,'" says Samara.
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,” says Dani McDonald, the Director of Marketing of 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 11th, 2020, Nissan is having a Hero's BBQ inviting all Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and Military personnel for a free lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Nissan dealership on Prospect avenue.
NOTE: Many people have left messages on our Facebook page saying that they would like one of the "Back The Blue" signs. We recommend that you join or contact the Facebook group to find out how you can buy one.