This Week: Back the Blue Week at TCU

"We wanted to create a chance to show some appreciation for the work these men and women do on a daily basis for us"

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The TCU College Republican’s Back the Blue Week is designed to provide thanks and support to both TCU Police Department and members of the Fort Worth Police Department and Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department. With the Back the Blue Week, TCU CRs hope to remind law enforcement groups, the very people who put their lives on the line to protect us and our loved ones, that they are appreciated by the communities they serve.

The Back the Blue Week consists of three events:

  1. The first event is on Monday, March 26th, and is held from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm at the Founders Statue. This is an introductory event to spread the “Back the Blue” mood around campus. There will be TCU Police Officers in attendance to give students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to chat and make friends with one another.
  2. The second event, called “Coffee with Cops,” is on Tuesday, March 27th, and is held from 8:30 am until 10:30 am at the Founders Statue. TCU Police Officers will be in attendance, and there will be free coffee and donuts for those who take the opportunity to chat with our university officials.

At both events, members of TCU College Republicans will be passing out Back the Blue Week stickers and Back the Blue Barbecue Fundraiser flyers. There will be a Back the Blue flag for supporters to sign, as it will be gifted to TCU Police Department at the end of the week. Additionally, they will be handing out Back the Blue wristbands to those who donate to Back the Blue Barbecue Fundraiser for Assist the Officer Fort Worth, which is the final event of the Back the Blue Week. The fundraiser is explained in more detail below.

3. On Wednesday, March 28, the TCU Police Department and Shield 616 will host BBQ fundraiser in the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center, located at

2820 Stadium Drive, to benefit Assist the Officer Fort Worth, a local non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to officers and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities. This come-and-go event, coordinated by TCU College Republications as part of the group’s Back the Blue Week, will begin at 4:30 pm and end at 7:30 pm. It will be catered by Railhead Smokehouse. There is a minimum donation fee of $5 for guests who would like to enjoy some barbecue, which will go directly towards Assist the Officer Fort Worth (free for law enforcement officers).

This donation fee may be paid at the door, or online: https://www.paypal.me/TCUBackTheBlue

Chairman of Assist the Officer Fort Worth, Anthony White, shared his appreciation for the events. “Assist the Officer Fort Worth is truly honored to be chosen by TCU College Republicans as the beneficiary for the Back the Blue Week at TCU,” said White. “We are very excited for the fun events that will bring together students, faculty, police officers, and community members.”

TCU College Republicans wants to stress that these events are non-partisan. The student organization’s goal is to bring the TCU community together by supporting our men and women in blue. TCU College Republicans President, Matt VanHyfte, stated, “I am very excited about the TCU College Republicans throwing a Back the Blue Week. As a senior, I have gotten the chance over my years here to really appreciate TCU PD and Fort Worth PD so we wanted to create a chance to show some appreciation for the work these men and women do on a daily basis for us. I am extremely thankful for all of them.” The group hopes that their peers will see the Back the Blue Week as a perfect opportunity to begin fostering an understanding of police work and greater appreciation for their sacrifice.

For more information about Assist the Officer Fort Worth, Shield 616, or to make a donation to the Back the Blue Barbecue Fundraiser for Assist the Officer Fort Worth, please visit the links below.

If you have any questions about the Back the Blue Week, please email the Back the Blue Campaign Manager, Hannah Saffle, at hannah.saffle@tcu.edu.