Dustin "Dusty" Voris
Carl "Buddy" Smith
About Protecting the Blue
Photographer & President
Protecting the Blue is a photography project that honors law enforcement officers and their good luck charms. Every officer also receives a custom Protecting the Blue challenge coin to carry with them. Protecting the Blue became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2018 to further this project to show support for law enforcement across the United States and the world. We strive let officers know that there are people in this country that still respect their efforts and still “have their backs”.
In addition to photographing officers on patrol Protecting the Blue has traveled the country attending law enforcement seminars, National Night Out, and area festivals to further our message. We have designed a challenge coin/good luck charm that are given to law enforcement officers with a message to “Be Careful Out There”. To date, approximately 1700 police officers have been photographed and hundreds of coins have been mailed to officers around the world. The coins are not for sale and only law enforcement officers are given one.