GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Greensboro neighborhood has overwhelmingly come together to show support for police.
People in the New Irving Park neighborhood have placed yard signs on their lawns which read, “Greensboro Police Thank You! This Neighborhood Supports You!”
Kim Forman started the idea with neighbor Carla Harper to thank police officers for patrolling neighborhood streets.
“Police officers are seriously underpaid civil servants that put their lives on the line on a daily basis,” Forman said.
The signs were a gesture that not even the Greensboro Police Department knew about.
GPD didn’t learn about the signs until people started contacting the department after seeing a social media post.
“They had no idea that we were doing this,” Forman said.
“Most definitely it was a surprise,” said E.Y. Watkins, an officer with the Greensboro Police Department.
Watkins calls it a pleasant one.
She and other Greensboro police officers are still wearing black bands around their badges in honor of fallen officers.
Forman and Harper came up with the idea in May – before officers were killed in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
“It speaks volumes about the communities here in Greensboro that they would be thinking about this even before everything started happening,” Watkins said.
Since hearing about the signs in New Irving Park, other Greensboro communities have expressed an interest in having them in their neighborhoods.
“The last 24 hours we have been getting calls, getting emails,” said Cory Cooper, president of Sign Works of NC.
Sign Works of NC is printing the signs.
The company based in Lexington has started printing more Greensboro signs along with signs for other Piedmont communities, such as Davidson and Forsyth counties among others.
“Everybody in our viewing area and beyond for that matter,” Cooper said.
People can order signs online.
Cooper says 10 percent of the sale price will be donated to local police charities.