STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOP) 2023

The purpose of this SOP is to outline the policies and procedures of Backing the Blue Line, Inc. (BtBL).

  1. EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS (EBOD)

There are five members of the Executive Board of Directors (EBOD) that share equal voting rights.  

The EBOD is responsible for the strategy, growth, and protection of the organization and its members and are considered members of each committee within the organization. EBOD members are required to be paid members of the organization. General EBOD emails can be sent to info@backingtheblueline.org.

  1. Current EBOD
  1. Bethany D, President.  Elected January 2023, term ends 2025.
  1. The President oversees all functions of the organization and leads monthly meetings.
  2. The President can be emailed at president@backingtheblueline.org.  
  1. Gretchen G, Vice President. Elected January 2023, term ends 2025.
  1. The Vice President oversees BtBL’s personnel and volunteers and steps in should the President not be able to fulfill duties.
  2. The Vice President can be emailed at vp@backingtheblueline.org.
  1. Carine S, Treasurer. Elected January 2021, term ends 2023.
  1. The Treasurer is responsible for all financial accounts and records.
  2. The Treasurer can be emailed at treasurer@backingtheblueline.org.  
  1. Kris B, Secretary. Appointed January 2023, term ends 2023.
  1. The Secretary is responsible for all records of the organization including an annual update of the SOP and monthly meeting agendas and minutes.
  2. The Secretary can be emailed at secretary@backingtheblueline.org.
  1. Amy S, Executive Director of Health and Wellness. Appointed January 2023, term ends 2024.
  1. The Executive Director of Health and Wellness is responsible for overseeing all activities related to health and wellbeing of the Minnesota law enforcement community and their families.
  2. The Executive Director of Health and Wellness can be emailed at exec.wellness@backingtheblueline.org.
  1. Calendar.  BtBL utilizes a Strategic Planning calendar to ensure events are spread out and to look ahead for events we would like to return to. The Strategic Planning calendar can be viewed here.
  2. Proposals by Committees.  All proposals, requests for a vote by the EBOD, requests for modifications to procedure, and for approval of expenses over $50 not already approved by the SOP, in addition to tracking FOMR and FS expenses, are to be submitted using the Vote Tracker form.
  3. Elections.  President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary & the Executive Director of Health and Wellness positions are all elected positions.  All EBOD positions are three year terms beginning January 1.  

The open position should be posted in the private Facebook group and emailed to all BtBL paid members.  Applications should be sent to the Secretary, or an alternative EBoD member if the Secretary is one of the open positions or will be an applicant for the open position.  The candidates shall be presented by an email to paid BtBL members and posted in the private Facebook group.

The general membership shall have the opportunity to anonymously ask questions of the candidates and the candidates’ answers will then be shared in writing with members.

Voting shall be done by secret ballot between fifteen (15) and thirty (30) days after the candidates have been announced and remain open for four (4) days. All paid members at the time of voting may vote.

The winner of the election will be the candidate with the majority of the votes and shall be installed at the December board meeting by the current EBOD.

  1. Yearly Budget.  The Treasurer will email the budget template to each Director no later than September 15 each year.  Directors shall complete their proposed budget for the next year and return it to the Treasurer no later than October 15.  The EBoD will review the proposals and prepare a final budget which the Treasurer will present at the November board meeting.
  2. Fundraisers.  Upon request, the EBOD will consider and have the sole discretion to host a fundraiser for a LEO or their family for a situation caused by no fault of their own, for expenses including but not limited to medical expenses and loss of property or possessions, taking into consideration other open fundraisers and availability of leadership resources.
  3. Monthly Meeting.  All members and supporters are welcome at the monthly meeting. Meetings are child friendly. Meetings are typically held the first Friday of the month at 6pm. The current meeting location is at BtBL's office and streamed online.  Location and online link can be found in each meeting’s Facebook event.

Directors are to submit updates for the meeting agenda by midnight, the Saturday prior to the Friday meeting and the agenda will be posted in the private Facebook group by the Monday prior to the Friday meeting.  Meeting minutes are posted to the private Facebook group within seven (7) business days of the meeting.

  1. Conflicts of Interest.  Any partnership, Request for Proposal, or contract where any BtBL member, supporter or LEOW stands to make a profit from doing business with BtBL must be approved by the EBoD prior to negotiations.
  2. Support Requests Outside of SOP.  In the event that a request for support is received that is not expressly provided for in the SOP, including requests during protests and for safety and security of officers following an event, the BOD will review the request in accordance with both SOP guidelines and precedent, along with funds available, to determine if BtBL can honor the request.
  3. Uniforms.  In the first quarter of each year, uniforms will be ordered for new, eligible leadership. Eligible leaders have typically been in the organization for at least six months and intend to stay for at least six months following receipt of their uniform. Leaders who are vacating their position with less than one year of leadership may be required to reimburse the organization for the cost of their uniform at the discretion of the EBOD.

Current leadership attire consists of a blouse and jacket embroidered with BtBL logo and a name tag. The EBOD reserves the right to approve or deny uniforms for leaders outside of the above criteria.

  1. Definitions.  The following definitions apply to this document:
  1. Board of Directors (BOD): consists of the EBOD and the Director of each committee
  2. Executive Board of Directors (EBOD): consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Executive Director of Health and Wellness
  3. Leadership: consists of the BOD, Assistant Directors and Managers
  4. LEO: a law enforcement officer with an active license with an assignment located in the state of Minnesota or for a department located in the state of Minnesota
  1. COMMITTEES

Each committee within BtBL will have a Director.  Directors hold a two year term and are appointed by the EBOD. Directors are required to attend 75% of monthly meetings each calendar year. Directors, Assistant Directors and Managers have written job descriptions and are required to sign a Code of Conduct form each year.

All committee members are required to be paid members. Annual dues are to be paid no later than March 1 each calendar year.  

  1. Passwords and Intellectual Property.  BtBL primarily utilizes Facebook and Facebook Messenger, Google Drive and Gmail, Sign Up Genius (SUG), Constant Contact, Survey Monkey, Canva and Buffer for storage and communication. It is expected that all BtBL documents are stored on Google Drive, not personal computers or smartphones, and personal accounts are not used for BtBL purposes. All accounts, documents, and images created for BtBL, and anything that can be considered “intellectual property” remains the property of BtBL. All login and password information is retained by the Secretary.
  2. Leadership Positions.  Leaders are strongly discouraged from committing themselves to more than one leadership role in multiple law enforcement related organizations. The EBOD reserves the right to ask any leader to step down if they are unable to fulfill their role for any reason. It is the duty of the leader to disclose any role to the EBOD that could potentially be a conflict of interest for their leadership role with BtBL, such as but not limited to outside roles involving securing sponsorships and donations.

All leaders, including the EBOD, are considered non-paid volunteers. When able, leaders are asked to give a minimum of two weeks notice of their intent to step down from their position and encouraged to train in the incoming leader for the position.

  1. Inclusivity.  Backing the Blue Line strives to include all law enforcement families regardless of marriage, religion, gender, race, political affiliation or sexual orientation and does not discriminate across those lines when it comes to who we support and our SOP.

BtBL has a commitment to diversity in its membership and all females in a relationship with a LEO are encouraged to apply.

  1. Community Engagement.  The Community Engagement (CE) committee seeks to promote and fundraise for BtBL, facilitate support programs for law enforcement, and educate both law enforcement agencies and the general public about the organization, its mission, and the support offered.
  1. The CE Committee can be contacted at the following email addresses:
  1. Director: events@backingtheblueline.org 
  2. Ball Assistant Director: TBD
  3. Blue Line Bash Assistant Director: cead@backingtheblueline.org
  4. Sponsorships Assistant Director: TBD
  5. Fundraising Assistant Director: TBD
  6. Outreach Assistant Director: TBD
  1. CE Director.  The CE Director will maintain positive relationships with partners and sponsors, communicating on a regular basis with contact persons, and offering assistance and volunteers to ensure successful events.

The CE Director will also seek out new partnerships, sponsors,  and money generating opportunities, including facilitating the planning of an annual fundraising event.  

The CE Director will coordinate, plan and execute monthly planning meetings for the annual fundraising event with all Assistant Directors.  The CE Director is expected to attend 75% of all event meetings in addition to attendance at 75% of monthly board meetings.

  1. CE Assistant Directors.  CE ADs are required to attend 75% of event meetings but are not required to attend monthly board meetings.
  1. Ball Assistant Director.  Collaborate with the Community Engagement Director and committee members to plan the Blue Line Ball.
  2. Blue Line Bash Assistant Director.  Collaborate with the Community Engagement Director and committee members to plan this event.
  3. Fundraising Assistant Director.   Oversee and assist the committee members that are fundraising.  Be the first contact for questions.
  4. Sponsorships Assistant Director.  Oversee and assist the committee members that are soliciting sponsorships.  Be the first contact for questions.
  1. CE Outreach Assistant Director.  Community engagement events will be planned throughout the year by the Outreach Assistant Director.  Email the Outreach Assistant Director with any ideas for a community event, fundraiser, or to host a fundraiser on behalf of BtBL.
  2. Volunteer of the Year.  A Volunteer of the Year shall be named at each annual event.  Paid members will be invited to provide input and nominate a recipient for Volunteer of the Year.  BtBL Leadership is not eligible to receive this award.

Volunteer of the Year shall be nominated by the following criteria:

  1. Has volunteered for events over the course of the year for BtBL
  2. Goes above and beyond their volunteer job description to help the organization
  3. Is a good team player
  4. Has good relationships with outside vendors and contractors
  5. Emanates our mission statement
  6. Is supportive of the law enforcement community
  7. Is supporting their LEO and the lifestyle that this profession brings
  1. Leader of the Year.  A Leader of the Year shall be named at each annual event. Paid members will be invited to provide input and nominate a recipient for Leader of the Year.  All BtBL Leadership are eligible.  

The Leader of the Year shall be nominated by the following criteria:

  1. Attends monthly meetings as required by their position
  2. Has been in a leadership role with BtBL one year prior to the date of nomination
  3. Goes above and beyond their job description to help the organization
  4. Has good leadership skills
  5. Is a good team player
  6. Has good relationships with outside vendors and contractors
  7. Emanates our mission statement
  8. Encourages the growth of the organization by inviting supporters to join BtBL as members
  9. Is supportive of the law enforcement community
  10. Attends BtBL sponsored events outside of regular meetings
  11. Is supporting their LEO and the lifestyle that this profession brings
  1. Family Support (FS).  The FS Committee coordinates the support of officers and their families per the guidelines outlined below. FS requests can be submitted through the support request form on BtBL’s website.
  1. The FS Committee can be reached at the following email addresses:
  1. Director: familysupport@backingtheblueline.org 
  2. Assistant Director: familysupportad@backingtheblueline.org 
  3. Christmas in June (CiJ) Assistant Director: cij@backingtheblueline.org
  4. Not so Blue Christmas (NsBC) Assistant Director: nsbc@backingtheblueline.org
  5. New Child/Child Loss Manager: fschild@backingtheblueline.org 
  6. LODD Manger: fslodd@backingtheblueline.org 
  7. Non-LODD / Significant Other Manager: fsnonlodd@backingtheblueline.org 
  1. Family Support Director. The FS Director will oversee all aspects of coordinating care and assistance to Minnesota law enforcement officers and their families. The Director will oversee the FS leadership as well as the FS Committee. The Director is a two year position.
  2. Family Support Assistant Director. To assist the Family Support Director in coordinating care and assistance to Minnesota law enforcement officers and their families. The Assistant Director is a two year position.
  3. Christmas in June (CiJ) Assistant Director.  The CiJ Assistant Director will work alongside the FS Director to select, support, and celebrate a LEO/family for Christmas in June. The CiJ Assistant Director will take lead on fundraising and securing donations per the needs and requests of the selected family.  The position may require travel to the hometown of the chosen family as needed for support and celebration. The CiJ Assistant Director is a one year position.  
  4. Not So Blue Christmas (NsBC) Assistant Director.  The NsBC Assistant Director will work alongside the FS Director to select, support, and celebrate a LEO/family for Not So Blue Christmas. The NsBC Assistant Director will take lead on fundraising and securing donations per the needs/requests of the selected family.  This position may require travel to the hometown of the chosen family as needed for support and celebration. The NsBC Assistant Director is a one year position.
  5. Committee Member Requirements.  FS committee members are expected to behave respectfully, professionally and compassionately while working with LEOs and their families.
  1. Training.  
  1. Committee members are required to attend at least one FS in-person or remote training session each January.
  2. Those interested in joining the committee may attend the mid-year training. Those who complete the training and pass the subsequent quiz may join the FS committee. Attendance at this mid-year training is not a replacement for attendance at the in-person annual training the following January.
  1. Committee members must attend 50% of FS's online video meetings each year.
  2. Committee members must volunteer to be a card writer at least two months out of the year. Assistant Directors and Managers must volunteer to be a card writer at least one month out of the year.
  3. Committee members must help with the planning and fundraising of either NsBC or CiJ annually.
  4. Each committee member must sign a Committee Member Criteria form annually indicating that they understand their role and requirements as a committee member.  
  5. If a committee member cannot fulfill their requirements, they will be asked to leave the committee.
  6. Committee members who hold an EBOD position or are a Director for another committee are exempt from card writing and aiding with Christmas programs but are encouraged to help where they can.
  1. Privacy Agreement.  FS committee members understand and agree that no information is to be shared outside of the committee, including being posted in any BtBL group or page. Information disclosed to committee members (such as to prepare a basket or write a card), including but not limited to an officer's name, likes, dislikes, medical status, and address, are to remain confidential and are not to be disclosed to anyone. Failure to keep information confidential will result in removal from the committee.
  2. Levels of Support. Upon receipt of a request for assistance, the FS Director will coordinate contact with the LEO, department, or family involved and may provide assistance in accordance with the guidelines below.
  1. Line of Duty Death (LODD).  Following a line of duty death of a LEO or K9, FS will contact the family one week after the funeral to offer services and support, unless contact has been already initiated by LEMA, FOMR, or the family themselves.

For up to one year after a LEO LODD, BtBL may provide monetary support up to $1,200 to provide services and support to the LEO's family. A card of condolence and offer of assistance will also be sent at least monthly for the first year following the LODD. Requests for support totaling more than $1,200 will be considered and approved by the EBOD. FS may also work to provide donated services for assistance that the family may need, such as but not limited to: cleaning, home improvements, meals, lawn service or snow removal.

In the event of a K9 LODD, BtBL will send the handler of the deceased K9 a memorial gift or check totaling up to $200. BtBL will also send a $1,000 check to the department the K9 worked for to be used towards the department's K9 program (i.e. towards a new dog, equipment or training needed for a current or new K9).

If FS's services are declined, the money from any fundraisers on their behalf will be issued to them but no other funds or ongoing support will be provided.

  1. Non-Line of Duty Death.  Upon receiving a request for assistance for a LEO who died off duty, FS will send the surviving family up to $500 in support - a combination of monetary support and/or a memorial gift - along with a card of condolence and offer of assistance.

Upon receiving a request for assistance for a K9 who died off duty, FS will send the handler a memorial gift totaling no more than $200 along with a card of condolence and offer of assistance.

Retired LEOs and retired K9s are not eligible for this support.

  1. Line of Duty (LOD) Injury.  Upon receiving a request for assistance for any injury or illness of a LEO or K9 that happened while on duty resulting in hospitalization, surgery, a broken bone, stitches, time off, or light duty, FS will send a $125 gift basket along with a card of support and offer of assistance.
  2. Line of Duty Injury – Ongoing Support.  If a LEO or K9 is off work for more than two (2) months due to an injury or illness that happened while on duty, FS will send a gift basket to that officer valued at $50 along with a card of support and encouragement. FS will also send a card of support and encouragement at least every other month thereafter until the LEO returns to work or light duty.

LEOs on light duty do not qualify for this level of support.

  1. Death of a Suspect / Officer Involved Shooting (OIS).  Upon receiving a request for assistance for a LEO involved in any shooting or an incident that results in the death of a suspect, FS will send a card offering assistance and a small token of encouragement (such as a St. Michael coin) to all officers involved in or present during the incident. Additional requests for support may be provided as approved by the EBOD.
  2. Mental Health.  Upon receiving a request for assistance for a LEO experiencing any mental health injury due to any law enforcement work related incident, FS will send a $125 gift basket or $125 monetary support along with a card of support and offer of assistance. LEOs do not have to be medically diagnosed to be eligible for this support.
  3. Mental Health – Ongoing Support. If a LEO is off work for more than two (2) months due to a mental health injury due to any law enforcement work related incident, FS will send a $50 gift along with a card of support and encouragement. FS will also send a card of support and encouragement at least every other month thereafter until the LEO returns to work or light duty.

LEOs on light duty do not qualify for this level of support.

  1. Non-LOD Injury.  Upon receiving a request for assistance for injuries received off-duty by a LEO, FS will send a card with an offer of assistance along with a $50 gift card. Eligible injuries include but are not limited to cancer, car accidents, broken bones, surgery, mental health concerns (also, see Mental Health support) and other significant injuries caused by no fault or control of the LEO.

Upon receiving a request for assistance for injuries received off-duty by an active K9, FS will send a card to the handler with an offer of assistance along with a $50 gift card.

  1. Non-LOD Injury – Ongoing Support. If a LEO or K9 is off work for more than two (2) months due to an injury or illness that happened while off duty, FS will send a card with an offer of assistance along with a $50 gift. Eligible injuries include but are not limited to cancer, car accidents, broken bones, surgery, mental health concerns (also, see Mental Health support) and other significant injuries caused by no fault or control of the LEO. FS will also send a card of support and encouragement at least every other month thereafter until the LEO returns to work or light duty.

LEOs on light duty do not qualify for this level of support.

  1. Medically Retired Officers.  Upon receiving a request for assistance that a LEO, including K9s, will medically retire or has medically retired within the last month, FS will send $200 monetary support along with a card of support and an offer of assistance. Medically retiring K9s will receive a $200 pet store gift card and it will be sent to the K9’s handler or whomever will continue care for the K9 after medical retirement
  2. Illness or Injury of BtBL Member, Member's Child.  Upon receiving a request for assistance for injury or illness of a BtBL paid member or their child, 18 years and younger, or a paid member's dependent child over age 18, FS will send a $50 gift card along with a card of support and an offer of assistance. Eligible injuries and illnesses include but are not limited to terminal or life altering illnesses, serious car accidents, broken bones, surgery, concussions and other significant injuries caused by no fault or control of the member/member’s child. See “LEO's Child Hospitalization” support level if ANY LEO's child 18 years and younger or a dependent child over age 18 is admitted to the hospital.
  3. Hospice/Death of LEO's or Deceased LEO’s Child.  Upon receiving a request for assistance for the death of a LEO or deceased LEO’s child, 18 years and younger or a dependent child over age 18 - including long term foster children, FS will send a BtBL blanket and a gift or monetary support totaling up to $100 along with a card of condolence and offer of assistance.
  4. Death of a LEO's Significant Other or Spouse.  Upon receiving a request for assistance for the death of a LEO's significant other or spouse, FS will send $250 monetary support along with a card of condolence and an offer of assistance OR $200 monetary support and a memorial gift totaling no more than $50 along with a card of condolence and an offer of assistance.
  5. LEO's or Deceased LEO’s Child Hospitalization.  Upon receiving a request for assistance that a LEO or deceased LEO’s child, 18 years and younger or a dependent child over age 18 - including long term foster children, is admitted to the hospital, FS will send $100 monetary support, a $25 gift card for the child and a card of support and an offer of assistance.
  6. LEO's or Deceased LEO’s Child's Birth or Adoption.  Upon receiving a request for assistance that a LEO or deceased LEO’s widow welcomes a child into their family by birth or adoption, FS will send a gift totaling no more than $10 along with a card.
  7. Retired LEO/LEO Family Support. Upon receiving a request for assistance that a LEO or LEO family is suffering substantial needs not covered by other levels of support, FS will connect with the family to see what aid it can provide. Meal trains, care calendars or "shopping" lists for essential items may be set up as needed. If additional monetary support is requested, the need may be presented to the EBOD to vote on and provide up to $100.
  8. Protest Support.  Upon receiving a request for assistance that a law enforcement department is facing protests or riots, FS will connect with the department to determine its needs.  BtBL will provide up to $1000 of its own funds towards the needs determined and if more funds are necessary, a fundraiser will be set up.
  9. Hardship Support.  Upon receiving a request for assistance that a LEO or LEO family is suffering substantial financial hardship, FS will connect with the family to see what aid it can provide.  Meal trains, care calendars or "shopping" lists for essential items may be set up as needed.  If additional monetary support is requested, the need may be presented to the EBOD to vote on and provide up to $500.
  10. Other Assistance.  Upon receiving a request for assistance for a LEO or LEO family in need that is not otherwise covered in this SOP, FS will send a card with an offer of assistance. When requested, FS will work to secure volunteers for services and donations for items needed by a LEO or their family.  This includes sending cards for “happy” occasions such as but not limited to marriages, retirements or any other incredible things a LEO or one of their family members have done.
  11. Variance.  BtBL’s BOD has the sole discretion to determine whether the support outlined above is appropriate. In special circumstances, the BOD may review a request for assistance and, by a majority vote, increase or reduce the amount of support provided as the BOD determines appropriate.
  1. Not So Blue Christmas (NsBC).  Each winter, BtBL will accept nominations for a LEO family in need of extra love, support, and holiday cheer to receive gifts, monetary support, food, etc. Paid members will vote on the nominated families. Upon notifying the selected family, FS will work with the family to identify and meet their needs. BtBL will donate $2,500 for this project and FS can facilitate additional fundraising as needed.

The family selected for NsBC will not be eligible for a second nomination for either NsBC or CiJ for the same incident.

Nominees not selected will be sent a card along with a gift.

  1. Christmas in June (CiJ).  Similar to the NsBC program, each spring, BtBL will accept nominations for a LEO family in need of extra love, support, and cheer to receive gifts, monetary support, food, etc.  Paid members will vote on the nominated families. Upon notifying the selected family, FS will work with the family to identify and meet their needs. BtBL will donate $2,500 for this project and FS can facilitate additional fundraising as needed.

The family selected for CiJ will not be eligible for a second nomination for either NsBC or CiJ for the same incident.

Nominees not selected will be sent a card along with a gift.

  1. Regional Blue Angels (RBAs).  FS will identify 88 committee members as RBAs, one for each Minnesota county with St Louis County having 2 (a north and south).

RBAs will facilitate, assemble and deliver care baskets for their county and/or find another FS committee member to complete the assignment in their absence.  RBAs will also participate in helping the FS Director identify resources for any LEO or LEO family within their county needing assistance (i.e. meal trains, yard work, mental health care, house projects, etc.).  

RBAs shall be actively involved in increasing awareness of BtBL throughout their county and educating regarding the mission and support available through BtBL.

  1. Fallen Officer Memorial Rose (FOMR).  FOMR aims to support the families of all fallen LEOs, both active and retired. Requests for support from the FOMR Committee can be submitted via the online form.
  1. The FOMR Committee can be reached at the following email addresses:
  1. Director: roses@backingtheblueline.org
  2. Assistant Director: rosesad@backingtheblueline.org
  1. Volunteer Requirements
  1. Must follow all instructions of the FOMR committee.
  2. Must review and agree to the Rose Prep and Funeral guidelines.
  1. Funeral Process.  Upon receiving a request for roses at a funeral, FOMR will follow the Rose Prep/Funeral Checklist.
  2. Line of Duty Death (LODD).  If requested by LEMA or the immediate family, BtBL will prepare and hand out up to 2,000 blue roses at the funeral of a LEO killed in the line of duty (as defined by Minn. Stat. § 299A.41, subd. 3-4(a)), at no expense to the family.

BtBL will follow the wishes of the family, LEMA, and any other coordinator designated by the family. LEMA, when involved, will be BtBL's only contact with the family.

  1. K9 and Equine LODD.  If requested by LEMA or the surviving family, BtBL will prepare and hand out blue roses at the funeral of a K9 or Equine killed in the line of duty, at no expense to the family. The number of roses provided will be determined on a case-by-case basis, up to 750.

BtBL will follow the wishes of the family, LEMA, and any other coordinator designated by the family.  LEMA, when involved, will be BtBL's only contact with the family

  1. LODD Ongoing Support.
  1. On the one year anniversary of a LEO LODD, FOMR will coordinate and provide a bouquet of blue roses to the LEO’s family or place them at the gravesite of the LEO.
  2. On the second through tenth anniversary of a LEO LODD, FOMR will provide a card and a bouquet of blue roses to the fallen LEO's immediate family.
  1. Non-Line of Duty Death Funeral (Non-LODD).  If requested by the surviving family to provide roses for a non-line of duty LEO death, BtBL will prepare and hand out up to 500 blue roses at the funeral, with all expenses paid by the family. 

At the family's request, a fundraiser may be started by BtBL to help offset these costs. The anticipated costs for 2022 for prepared blue roses is $850 per 500 roses (extra charges may apply for delivery and holidays).  Pricing is subject to change without notice.

  1. Non-LODD, Other than Funerals.  If BtBL is informed of a non-LODD of a LEO (active or retired) and not providing roses at the funeral, FOMR will send a bouquet of blue roses to the family or funeral.
  2. K-9 and Equine Non-LODD.  If BtBL is informed of a non-LODD of a K9 or Equine (active or retired), FOMR will send a bouquet of blue roses to the surviving handler or department.
  3. Special Events, Inter-Organization Requests.  FOMR will assist with any rose order, as requested by a BtBL committee. This includes any event or circumstance not directly pertaining to the death of a LEO or K-9 but covered elsewhere in the SOP. This includes but is not limited to special requests approved by the BOD.
  4. Requests for Assistance.  All requests for roses should be submitted online and can be completed by anyone.
  1. Marketing.  The Marketing Committee works to expand the reach of BtBL through social media, its website, and in-person marketing events. The team works to increase communication with members both in e-mail and through social media.

The Marketing Committee is also responsible for the BtBL brochures, marketing booth events, signage, and email communication and ensuring it complies with the current BtBL brand standards regarding fonts, styles, and logos.

  1. The Marketing Committee can be reached at the following email addresses:
  1. Director: marketing@backingtheblueline.org 
  2. Social Media Assistant Director: socialmedia@backingtheblueline.org
  3. Graphic Design Assistant Director: graphicdesign@backingtheblueline.org
  4. Merchandise Assistant Director: merchandise@backingtheblueline.org
  5. Email Manager: emails@backingtheblueline.org 
  1. Marketing Requests.  Marketing requests, in any format, are to be submitted to the appropriate Assistant Director for approval and when needed, design/creation and dissemination.
  2. Marketing Director.  The Marketing Director is responsible for overseeing, and assisting as needed, all marketing team members with items related to marketing events, website, email communication, merchandise, etc.
  3. Social Media Assistant Director.  The Social Media Assistant Director is responsible for creating and posting content on all of BtBL's accounts including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Requests for posts to BtBL's social media platforms are to be submitted through the Social Media Request Form.  BtBL, at its sole discretion, will post social media requests that share events, fundraisers, and other information that directly relates to or benefits a LEO, their family, and/or the LEO community at large. Social media requests to share items relating to non-LE first responder communities and/or law enforcement outside of Minnesota will not be shared.

  1. Graphic Design Assistant Director.  The Graphic Design Assistant Director is responsible for all design projects required for BtBL, including BtBL’s Annual Report, promotional materials (tri-fold brochure), and other special assignments while ensuring brand consistency.
  2. Merchandise Assistant Director.  The Merchandise Assistant Director shall work with the selected vendor to provide specific BtBL merchandise via a BtBL online store and at various marketing events as needed.  Any request to have merchandise for sale at marketing or community events should be coordinated through the Merchandise Assistant Director.

Merchandise should be available for sale via in person or an online store quarterly. The Merchandise Assistant Director will work with the EBOD for any new merchandise selections and to determine the proper pricing of all merchandise.

  1. Email Marketing Manager.  The Email Marketing Manager is responsible for all outgoing mass email communication from BtBL, including weekly emails to all members and special emails as requested.

Email requests can be submitted through the Email Request Form.  

  1. Membership.  The Membership Committee seeks to grow the membership of the organization while increasing the value of paid memberships and increasing engagement within the private Facebook group.
  1. The Membership Committee can be reached at the following email addresses:
  1. Director: membership@backingtheblueline.org
  2. Benefits Assistant Director: memberbenefits@backingtheblueline.org
  1. Membership Director.  The Membership Director is responsible for vetting and allowing supporters to join the BtBL private Facebook group as well as maintaining a paid member database.
  2. Member Benefits Assistant Director.  The Member Benefits Assistant Director is responsible for securing and maintaining partnerships with law enforcement friendly businesses who agree to give discounts to our members in exchange for advertising.
  3. Supporter Requirements (Non-Paid Members).  Supporters are eligible to join the private Facebook group. Supporters must be female and in a long term, committed relationship or married to a LEO, including with those LEOs that are retired and widows of a LEO. Supporters must provide their email address and their LEO's name, department, badge number, and POST number.  Supporters must review the Facebook group's rules before joining.

To join the Facebook group, the supporter can request to join or be added by another member. They are then required to provide basic identification information and asked screening questions to determine qualification via the Verification Form. The Membership Director will then approve or deny access to the Facebook group based on membership guidelines.

Joint or shared Facebook accounts are not allowed. In order to be eligible to join the private Facebook group, supporters agree that their Facebook account is private to only them.

  1. Member Requirements (Paid Members).  Members must be female and be in a long term, committed relationship or married to a LEO, including with those LEOs that are retired and widows of a LEO. Members also must complete a membership application form, adhere to the code of conduct, and submit the yearly dues required.

Effective January 2021, the membership fee is $30 and includes the membership and membership pin.

Option remains for members to pay for someone else's membership and to make an additional donation to BtBL.

Paid membership is calculated by the calendar year and expires every year on December 31st.  Membership dues are not prorated.  Any membership dues paid on or after December 15th will be credited for the following year.

A complimentary one year membership will be offered to the female significant other or spouse of an officer killed in the line of duty or an active LEO who died unexpectedly.

  1. BtBL Private Facebook Group Guidelines.  Members and supporters are required to uphold privacy, security, and professionalism while posting on the page.

Admins (EBOD) reserve the right to delete any content that is found distasteful, controversial, unsupportive, or otherwise deemed necessary for removal at any time.

Members may be removed or denied membership at any time if they no longer meet membership criteria, including not upholding group privacy or lack of professionalism in group postings.

Supporters and members are not to communicate events in any BtBL group until BtBL is sure the families have been notified (such as, when it is posted in mainstream news media).  If information is posted, admin may remove that post without notice.

  1. Changes to Eligibility.  Members no longer in a relationship with a LEO are no longer eligible for membership (i.e. separation, divorce) and may contact the Membership Director to be removed from the Facebook group and BtBL's database.
  1. Social Events.  The Social Events Committee seeks to provide opportunities for supporters and members to meet and connect for support. The Social Events Committee also plans an annual SWAT ladies weekend retreat.
  1. The Social Events Committee can be reached at the following email addresses:
  1. Director: socialevents@backingtheblueline.org
  2. Member Engagement Manager: memberengagement@backingtheblueline.org
  3. Fitness Group Manager: fitness@backingtheblueline.org 
  4. Prayer Group Manager: prayer@backingtheblueline.org 
  1. Social Events Director.  The Social Events Director is responsible for coordinating social events for the organization and overseeing the Social Events Managers. The Director shall collaborate on membership drives with the Membership Director.
  2. SWAT.  The Social Events Director shall plan an annual SWAT (sweets, wine and training) event - an all-inclusive, self-funded weekend specifically for members to recharge, connect and network with other members, attend training on LEO life aspects, and participate in planned activities and crafts.
  3. Member Engagement Manager.  The Member Engagement Manager will create and post content in the private Facebook group to encourage interaction between members. Posts should be made two to three (2-3) times per week and can have a variety of content. In addition, the Membership Engagement Manager will create events in the private Facebook group for both members hosting social events in their area as well as for organization wide events.
  4. Blue Sister Blessings Group.  The Social Events Committee is responsible for overseeing the Facebook Blue Sister Blessings Group.
  1. Wellness.  The Wellness Committee aims to provide health and wellness benefits to LEOs and their families by recognizing needs and collaborating resources.
  1. The Wellness Director can be reached at the following email address: wellness@backingtheblueline.org 
  2. The Wellness Director is responsible for fielding requests and identifying needs of the health and wellness of the Minnesota law enforcement community and finding or planning services and events to meet those needs.
  3. Fitness Group Manager.  The Fitness Group Manager is responsible for coordinating monthly challenges or other fitness teachings on the Facebook Fitness Group.
  4. Prayer Group Manager.  The Prayer Group Manager is responsible for offering Bible studies and supervising a platform for prayer requests on the Facebook Prayer Group.

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