In a tweet, Huntsville Police shared their thanks for the Thursday display, which included “an entire neighborhood” shining blue lights from homes.
Residents called police to alert them to the tribute, which the officers also shared through photos.
“West Precinct 3rd Shift Officers received an unusual call last night,” the tweet said. “It wasn’t a call of distress. It’s wasn’t a call of a citizen in need. But it was a call that was definitely unexpected.”
“An entire neighborhood showing their support for law enforcement. Thank you!”
On Facebook, the post was liked over 4,500 times and has been shared over 12,000 times.
“This organized display of support for law enforcement is one of the many ways our community has shown their appreciation,” Captain Michael Johnson, West Precinct Commander, told Fox News. “We are humbled, grateful and proud to serve the greater citizens of the City of Huntsville.”
Blue lights have been used as a tribute to police in the past, sometimes in recognition of fallen officers.
Opelika, Ala., residents shined blue lights from their homes in 2019 when Officer William Buechner died in the line of duty, and New York City has shined blue lights on some buildings to honor cops who died on 9/11.
The city of Tuscaloosa previously used the lights to show appreciation for officers, with City Hall shining blue for National Police Week earlier this year.