Farmington area residents can “back the blue” by nominating a female police officer to receive a necklace specially crafted by Waterford-based Pretty Hunter.
In support of female police officers in the Detroit-area and across the country, sale proceeds from the exclusive, handmade necklaces directly benefit officers. For each BACK the BLUE necklace purchased, Pretty Hunter will give one BACK the BLUE necklace to a female police officer. Individuals can nominate an officer by visiting the company’s website.
“We feel strongly about supporting and respecting police officers. They put themselves in harm’s way to serve and protect us every day,” said Tricia Auten, founder and CEO of Pretty Hunter. “The BACK the BLUE necklace is our way of supporting female law enforcement officials in the wake of recent events, and inviting the public to join us in this effort.”
BACK the BLUE is a passionate cause for Auten; one of her close friends is a dedicated police sergeant. In a recent conversation, Auten discussed her desire to design jewelry to honor law enforcement. Following the tragic events in Dallas on July 7, Auten was inspired to create the BACK the BLUE necklace to provide a necklace to as many female law officers as possible, so they could wear their love for what they do or simply put a smile on the officer’s face.
The necklace features one spent bullet round, surrounded by Swarovski crystals in a 1-inch by 1.25-inch dog tag. The 40-caliber round was collected from local gun ranges and selected because it is the issue of most departments. It is set in a background of black crystals with a band of blue crystals across the middle to match the mourning band protocol for a fallen officer.
Since launching BACK the BLUE this past weekend, Pretty Hunter has already given away hundreds of necklaces to female police officers, and has fielded more than 350 Facebook messages of support from across the country.