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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Law enforcement officials say it's a beacon of hope. Many local police agencies are part of Project Blue Light, as police encourage residents to use blue light bulbs on their front porches.

Blue lights are beginning to shine all across the metro. Project Blue Light was started by a retired police officer who wanted to create a visual method of showing appreciation for law enforcement officials.

It begins on New Year's Day and runs for a week. Law enforcement agencies in Wyandotte County, Kansas are excited for the blue lights.

Sergeant Emmett Lockridge with the Kansas City, Kan. Police Department and Lieutenant Kelli Bailiff from the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office agree that it's been a year that's strained the relationships between police and their communities.

Police-related shootings in places such as Ferguson, Mo. and other locales have resulted in unrest and anger toward police.

Officers FOX 4 spoke with say Project Blue Light isn't a reaction to any of those situations.

“This is a great opportunity for us to band together and remind the community that we're there to support them. This is also a great chance to teach the children in our community that we still want them to call law enforcement. We're their friends,” Lt. Bailiff said.

The blue bulbs come in a number of wattages and shapes, and they can be purchased in a number of different stores. Sgt. Lockridge said it's his hope that when passersby see the lights on porches, they'll remember the sacrifices police have made, some of which have involved their lives.