Update 3/5/12: Contest is now over. Winner: Austin, Texas!
Law Officer has narrowed down all the contest submissions to the following four badges. It was a difficult choice, as the submissions were all very good.
Now, we'd like you to select the final winner! Please review each badge image and description before you cast your vote on the Law Officer Facebook poll (Visit www.facebook.com/lawofficer?sk=questions and select the first link, the Badge contest poll question. Please do not post your vote as a comment on the Facebook wall).
Poll question will be posted on the Law Officer Facebook page on Thursday, March 1st. Badge with the most votes by Friday, March 2nd (11:59 pm PST), wins and will be displayed in print and online! Note: You can only vote once!
Compelling story behind the design elements
Law Officer would like to thank everyone who participated and submitted a badge. If your badge isn't seen here, you weren't selected for the final round. But don't be discouraged, we'll continue to have monthly contests!
The New York City Police Department (NYPD), established in 1845, is currently the largest municipal police force in the United States, with primary responsibilities in law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. The NYPD is one of the oldest police departments established in the United States; tracing its roots back to the first Dutch eight man night watch in 1625, when New York City was New Amsterdam. It has its headquarters at One Police Plaza in Lower Manhattan. Promotion from the rank of police officer to detective is determined by the current police labor contract with approval of the police commissioner. Our badges have been handed down from one detective to the next after retirement and can be over a 100 years old. It's the most recognized shield in the world and I've been told one of the most coveted.
Submitted by Anthony Botta
The current badge was adopted in the summer of 2008 and issued to all sworn members of the Austin police department. Features that are unique about the badge: The state Capitol, which is in Austin, is the center piece of the badge that wasn't on previous badges. The Capitol is an exact representation, down to every window on the Capitol. A polished star crowns the Capitol on the badge as "Texas is the Lone Star State." Every badge has a unique badge number that's issued to every sworn member of the department, which we didn't have on our past badge. Every badge has the exact same design and color configuration on it regardless of rank. We wanted a badge that reflected that we are all officers first, regardless of our rank. In the past, each rank had a different badge with different colors on them. Our past badge was very small and our new badge is much larger and distinctive. It's protected by a copyright and a city ordinance that prohibits copying the badge by other entities. Our past badge in various configurations was worn by dog catchers, code enforcement, and parking enforcement This made it difficult to distinguish which badge was that of a police officer. Our new badge is as unique as Austin.
Submitted by Craig Cannon
Our badge, worn by all Aumsville police officers, was designed with a combination of ideas that were unique to our department. The badge design stands out among others, as it's both a badge and a shield. Our seven-pointed star badge is suspended by silver bands of strength, symbolizing ourselves as public servants. The badge is encompassed within a shield, symbolizing the protection we provide to our community, and is outlined by a wreath of honor. One of the badge's features that makes it stand out is that it isn't one solid piece. The badge is laid within the shield and the section of the shield that had no detail, was left out, making the overall piece appear to be 3D. The city of Aumsville is famous for the Annual Corn Festival that draws thousands of visitors each year to our city. The center of the badge was designed to show the department's pride in our local community. This is shown by a scene reflecting the corn harvest in the forefront of Mt. Jefferson and the Northern Star watching over the valley.
Submitted by Damian Flowers
Anne Arundel County, Md.
The badge incorporates the U.S. flag, the state of Maryland flag, with the county seal in the center. The original badge was a stamped badge that used only the state seal in the center. It was the same as many jurisdictions. Striving for our own identity we finally settled on this design. The badge is silver up to the rank of sergeant and gold for the command staff ranks. Submitted by Joseph Campbell