Harris County Sheriff, Buster Kern, was tired of seeing his deputies taken advantage of and he approached his coworker, TJ Alsup, to find a solution. On November 28th, 1951, Ms. Alsup, along with 16 others, formed Harris County Federal Credit Union. Harris County Federal Credit Union was founded by employees of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to benefit Harris County Employees.
A majority of the 17,700 members of Harris County Federal Credit Union are Harris County Employees, including many law enforcement officers. Our law enforcement community needs to know now, more than ever, that we support and respect the tough job they do every day to keep us safe. To that end, an awareness campaign has been developed to show our support for law enforcement.
Members have the opportunity to show their support by donating or purchasing the “#BlueFamily” pack (car, t-shirt & bracelet) for $10 (or more, if you are so inclined). Each purchase will qualify the member for a chance at a $100 gift card. Proceeds from this campaign will be divided equally among two organizations that benefit the Harris County’s Law Enforcement. During August, staff will hit the streets and visit high-traffic downtown areas to hand out cookies and items to all officers in uniform. We will snap pictures and upload to our social media pages with #BlueFamily.
The t-shirts design includes the Thin Blue Line, a symbol used by law enforcement, originating in the United Kingdom but now prevalent in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen officers and to symbolize the relationship of the police in the community as the protectors of the citizenry from criminal elements. The t-shirt also includes the phrase “Nemo Me Impune Lacessit”, the motto of Scotland, meaning no one attacks me with impunity. This motto has been adopted in the United States by law enforcement officers. It’s used by police to cover their badges when mourning a deceased officer. The Houston Police Department stated they wear this motto across their badges to remind others that they stand together in protecting citizens and to remind themselves that they have each other. It is also seen on officers’ vehicles in and around the downtown area.
Let’s work together to make this campaign viral & show our support for law enforcement by donating or purchasing a #BlueFamily pack. Packs can be purchased in cash from any staff member at the credit union. Online purchase options are available for our members through account deduction.