Texas Police Officers Pose for Photos With Bluebonnet in New Social Media Challenge

April 5, 2019 Updated: April 10, 2019

Spring is in the air, and it is contagious. Texas is no exception, and police officers there have taken up a sweet-smelling challenge. All over the state of Texas, the boys and girls in blue are posing for the  #BackTheBLUEbonnets challenge. The bluebonnet is the state flower, and it is in full bloom. Just imagine a friendly guardian of the law popping up in a field of blue—it is a sight to behold. It’s not often we get to see law officers playfully posing among the flowers and posting it to Instagram and Facebook.

One photo shows two officers in uniform sitting back to back, looking just like a couple of best friends on a school hike. The photo shoot idea began in Austin, TX, but is now springing up all over the state.

It’s good to see officers having a bit of light relief, even if the challenge does become just a little bit competitive. For some, however, posing is not exactly their strong point.

Detective Jory Jimenez, from Mineral Wells Police Department, told the Abilene Reporter, it’s “a fun way to show our community that we do have a humorous side and are just normal men and women behind the badge.”

“It’s important to us to have that dichotomy between humor and information. Establishing that relationship with the citizens is helpful when the tables are turned and we need their help with receiving information on investigations or sending out widespread information,” he added.

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There are plenty of happy snaps to enjoy, as to date, officers from the Copperas Cove Police Department, Granite Shoals Police Department, Grapevine Police Department, Irving Police Department, Cedar Hill Police Department, and several others have already taken up the challenge.

One creative soul from the Farmers Branch Police Department had no bluebonnets within easy reach, so he posed with a few tubs of “Bluebonnet” butter. He looks as though butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth!

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The messages along with the photos vary, from safety issues, pick up your rubbish, exercise is good—even meditation is covered. Nice to see those who have such a responsible and often stressful job relaxing and having a bit of fun. One officer put his message across in the photo caption,“Park in a safe place and be aware of your surroundings.”

Let’s hope to see many more happy snaps of officers of the law as they take on the #BackTheBLUEbonnets challenge. Other areas such as Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, Llano County, according to Your Central Valley, have yet to show the public their soft sides as they snuggle in a sea of bluebonnets. C’mon boys and girls, don’t disappoint the eager-to-see netizens. A bit of light relief is always welcome.

Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) are hoping to get a message across, telling the public to enjoy the spring vision of the bluebonnets, but to ensure safety when stopping to take photos when you snap that photo you ”just have to have.”

In a 2014 statement, Texas DPS said: “While there is no law against picking the state flower, laws do exist against damaging or destroying rights-of-way and government property.

“Flower fans must also consider laws against criminal trespassing and make sure they are not on private property when stopping to enjoy or take photos of the wildflowers. Individuals should also be cautious of snakes, fire ants and other potential dangers while observing wildflowers.”

“DPS encourages motorists to be mindful of laws against impeding traffic and exercise caution when slowing down to enjoy the view; and if you decide to stop, choose areas with light traffic conditions.”

We’re just gonna put this 2015 photo of Officer Walden right here….😉 and remind you, again, to be careful when you stop to look at the blue bonnets… #backthebluebonnets

Posted by Cedar Hill Police Department on Tuesday, April 2, 2019