University Park Police Department Challenge Coin.
Established in April 1924 as a result of an approved city incorporation, University Park’s 515 acres (four square miles) is located several miles north of downtown Dallas, Texas. With 380 homes and 1200 residents already settled in the area during the city’s incorporation, voters knew an issuance of a municipal bond would be needed to establish not only a city hall, but a fire and police department as well. Shortly thereafter, the University Park Police Department (UPPD) was established. Today, the city of University Park maintains a population of 20,000 residents served by 39 sworn UPPD police officers. UPPD is one of 667 agencies around the United States recognized as a “Gold Standard Agency” by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. To qualify for the Gold Standard, the accreditation requires UPPD to pass 480 standards of law enforcement professionalism; thus, resulting in UPPD’s strong commUNITY engagement and communication by the department to its citizens. OBS salutes the men and women of the University Park Police for its service to the commUNITY and maintaining a high standard of commUNITY policing.
ABOUT THE COIN.
The coin features a University Park police officer badge in the center of the coin with an outer blue circle and gold lettering of “UNIVERSITY PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT TEXAS.” The center of the badge has a silver five point star, serving as the backdrop of an outline of the State of Texas. Within the silhouette itself is the colors of the State Flag of Texas. “POLICE OFFICER” arches the top of the badge on a blue banner with gold lettering and directly below the star is “UNIVERSITY PARK” embossed on a blue banner with gold lettering. The word “POLICE” sits directly below.
The obverse side of the coin has a unique circular imprint in gold; with the lettering “LAW ENFORMCENT OATH of HONOR” which is the sworn oath of each officer of the UPPD. The oath reads:
“ON MY HONOR, I WILL NEVER BETRAY MY BADGE, MY INTEGRITY, MY CHARACTER, OR THE PUBLIC TRUST. I WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE CURAGE TO HOLD MYSELF AND OTHER ACCOUTABLE FOR OUR ACTIONS. I WILL ALWAYS UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION MY COMMUNITY AND THE AGENCY I SERVE.”
Directly below the oath features the flag of the United States and the State of Texas.
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