The pride in the badge


CarolinaFireJournal - CFJ Staff
CFJ Staff
04/21/2013 -

Badges to commemorate special events are more popular than ever. Ranging from the anniversary of 9/11, to special events like the Super Bowl or the Presidential election, these badges are a sign of pride and honor for each department. However, anniversary badges are by far the most common.

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“Special badges are a huge trend now; and anniversary badges have really caught on,” said Jimmy Smith, Co-Founder of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Museum Association of Nevada, who has design seven badges worn by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). “They boost morale and instill a sense of pride throughout the department. Every time you do an anniversary badge there are officers that want to make it the official department badge.”

Such badges are typically worn for a finite period of time — often one year. While the department purchases some badges, officers and firefighters by many in order to ease any burden on the taxpayer. Some play a role in fundraising to assist officer and firefighting associations, historical societies or even for those injured in the line of duty.

Just as important, anniversary badges enable a department to understand its history, to better appreciate its roots and to take pride in the community. In Las Vegas, for example, a rich history suffered for lack of an official repository. Smith got involved, helping to establish the police museum. It contains hundreds of historically significant badges dating back as far as 1909.

“We displayed our badges and other historical artifacts at a community center for a short time and thousands came through,” said Smith. “The museum has helped our younger officers have a greater appreciation of the organization they are a part of.”

Most badges are die struck from either solid brass or nickel silver alloy due to their durability, polishing qualities and purity. As they aren’t plated, they are not subject to chipping or cracking. Plastic or soft enamel does not have the same luster or durability. Make sure you inquire to the type metal being used and the coloring process for the design.

There are many reasons why a department might have for celebrating an occasion; commemorating that celebration by creating a badge that an officer or firefighter can wear has become a very popular option. Not only is the badge a morale booster, but it can also become cherished family heirloom. Make sure you gain all proper approvals before commencing with a badge project.

For more information on the creation of a badge for your department contact Sun Badge Company at 909-930-1444.
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