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WHAT DO THE SYMBOLS ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT SHOULDER PATCH AND POLICE OFFICERS SHIELD MEAN?

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WHAT DO THE SYMBOLS ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT SHOULDER PATCH AND POLICE OFFICERS SHIELD MEAN?

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The N.Y.P.D. patch was adopted on July 1, 1971. Both the patch and Police Officer’s shield are modeled after the seal of New York City. In the center of the patch are the scales of justice balanced on a bundle of rods or sticks with an ax-blade at the top, all of which are tied together. This bundle is called a “fasces” and was carried by ancient Roman magistrates as a symbol of their official powers. Beneath this symbol is an inverted “V,” or chevron, that has five stars representing the five boroughs of the City. Beneath the chevron appears the seal of the Police Department.

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