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Challenge Coin of the Week: Baltimore Police Department

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Baltimore Police Department Challenge Coin.

Although the department was officially established in 1853, the Baltimore Police Department was originally organized 60 years before it was established as a force of constables who were authorized to enforce town laws in 1784. The 164-year-old police agency has earned a rich history in law enforcement, from its involvement in the US Civil War to its advancements in crime fighting technology. Today, the BPD is staffed by nearly 3,100 civilians and sworn personnel, serving a population of 621,000 citizens over a land mass of 81 square miles and 11 square miles of waterways in nine districts. The large jurisdiction and size of the department makes the Baltimore Police Department the eighth largest police force in the United States.

ABOUT THE COIN.

The front of the coin features the official badge of the department plated in gold and placed in the center of the coin. At the top of the shield sits an American Bald Eagle and a gold banner with the engraving “COMMISSIONER” written in blue in front of the Eagle. The badge’s shield has another banner below the Eagle’s claws, with the engraving “POLICE” which is also written in blue. Towards the center of the shield contains inner shield with the backdrop of the Maryland state flag and the historic image of the Battle Monument featured in its center. Below the inner shield is a blue banner with the engraving “BALTIMORE” in gold lettering and the number “1” signifying the badge belonging to Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. The outer circular edge of the coin features a blue backdrop with a gold engraving “POLICE COMMISSIONER” on the top half of the circle and “KEVIN DAVIS” engraved on the bottom half.

The obverse side of the coin features the official patch of the Baltimore Police Department. The patch has a blue backdrop with the shield containing the Maryland state flag as the background. The Battle Monument is centered in front of the shield and the lettering “BALTIMORE POLICE” is arched above the Battle Monument. Four five point stars are placed above the centered patch, which is the insignia of the highest ranking officer on the force; the Police Commissioner. Towards the bottom of the shield is a gold number “1.” The outer circle features the recognizable colors of black and blue, which honors the officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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April 19, 2017 0

Operation Blue Shield Sponsors the 14th Annual Kids ‘N Kites Day.

DALLAS, TX – Fair winds and clear skies greeted hundreds of kite flyers at this year’s 14th Annual Kids ‘n Kites Festival held at Lakehill Prep’s Athletic Complex on Ferguson Road in Dallas, TX. Volunteers from the Carrollton Host, Carrollton Early, Dallas Oak Cliff and Dallas White Rock Lions Clubs sweated over a hot fire to cook up 500 hot dogs for the children from surrounding schools and their families.

Operation Blue Shield was a new sponsor this year and joined with the Dallas White Rock Lions in providing food for lunch for the high flyers, their parents and siblings.

Operation Blue Shield’s Community Liaison, Kerry Goodwin helped coordinate the event, raised funds to cover expenses and recruited volunteers. Many thanks to all of our volunteers and sponsors with a special recognition to Roger Perry, Lakehill Prep’s Headmaster who filled many roles during the event, including passing out kites, serving food and cleaning up afterwards.

OBS would also like to thank Dallas ISD Board of Trustee, President Dan Micciche who spent time with our kite flyers and their parents talking about the importance of staying in school and learning as much as possible every day.

April 13, 2017 0

Challenge Coin of the Week: Oklahoma State University Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology Program

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Oklahoma State University Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology Program

Oklahoma State University has a rich history of delivering distinguished education to fire service professionals from around the world. Decades of educational research and academia has ultimately enhanced fire safety and protection. The first fire service education program in North America started at OSU in 1937. Since this time, the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology degree has been recognized as a world leader in fire safety and technology education. This strong program continues to increase in demand as enrollment has climbed more than 60 percent in the past five years alone. Today, OSU maintains the most comprehensive collection of fire protection and safety-related programs and initiatives of any institution, education or otherwise, in the world.

ABOUT THE COIN.

The coin features OSU’s mascot Pistol Pete riding a soda-acid style fire extinguisher.  The real Pistol Pete was US Deputy Marshal Frank Eaton, a real-life gunslinger who retired near OSU and was known to frequent the original Fire Station 1 in Stillwater, OK.  The imagery was created in 1954 by Dede Bachtler and has been the emblem of the program ever since.  The circular inscription marks the 80-year history of the program, being established in 1937.  Additionally, the inscription reflects the two core elements of the program, fire protection and safety engineering.

The obverse side of the coin is a quote from the first century B.C. Roman philosopher, Cicero.  This passage is inscribed above the bay doors of the Campus Fire Station (Station 2) and serves as a reminder of the selflessness that first responders embody.  Construction of the campus fire station was completed in 1939 with support from the Work Projects Act and is now on the National Registry of Historic Buildings.

For more information, visit fpst.okstate.edu.

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Challenge Coin of the Week: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Established in the summer of 1973, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) was formed as a joint merger of the Las Vegas Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department. The merger of the agencies allowed for improved efficiencies in jurisdiction, budgets, resources, administration, and police response/ service to the commUNITY. As a result of the efficiency in LVMPD’s operations, the department has earned prestigious accreditation from the law enforcement community, earning the “6 – Star Accreditation;” the gold standard in public safety. Most notably, the LVMPD eared the accreditation and reputation for its efficiencies while being one of the largest police agencies in the United States, with more than 5,000 employees & 2,700 sworn police officers who protect and serve more than two million citizens residing in more than 8,000 square miles. Additionally, the LVMPD is also recognized for its efficiencies in its organizational structure, having fewer managers and supervisors typically found in police departments of equal size.

Eight specialized units provides the organizational structure makeup of the agency. Each member of the units must complete 28 weeks of training provided by the LVMPD, which operates its own academy. In addition, the LVMPD operates two citizens police academies for non-sworn police officers. The Citizens Police Academies is one of 15 community programs the LVMPD provides to members of the commUNITY as a part of the agencies effort to maintain and establish its relationships with local citizens. OBS salutes LVMPD’s service to the commUNITY and protecting the citizens of Las Vegas.

ABOUT THE COIN.

The front of the coin features the official seal of the LVMPD, which is centered and containing the backdrop of the flag of the United States. The seal is a gold seven point star, which contains the image of the official seal of the city of Las Vegas. The outer circle of the City’s seal is a gold circle with blue engraved lettering “METROPOLITAN” arching the top of the circle, separated by two blue stars; and the engraving “POLICE” towards the bottom. The blue circle within the gold outer circle has the engraving “LAS VEGAS” arching the top of the blue inner circle, with the engraving “CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA” towards the bottom. The furthest outer circle of the coin is black with gold lettering. “JOSPEH LOMBARDO” the agency’s currently elected Sheriff and top executive arches the top of the coin, with “SHERIFF,” his official title, arched on the bottom.

The obverse side of the coin (not pictured) has a black backdrop. The outer circle of the coin has the printed, official title of the agency: “LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN” in gold lettering is arched on towards the top. The flags of the United States is placed on the left of the coin, and the official state flag of Nevada sits directly to the opposite side of the US flag on the left. Towards the bottom of the coin’s outer circle is the gold text reading “POLICE DEPARTMENT.” The center of the coin features the iconic and historic “WELCOME TO FABULOUS LAS VEGAS” sign with the vision of the LVMPD: “TO BE THE SAFEST COMMUNITY IN AMERICA” engraved in gold lettering directly below.

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Challenge Coin of the Week: Duncanville Police Department

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Duncanville Police Department Challenge Coin.

Established as early as the late 1840’s, the city of Duncanville began as a small community along the Chicago, Texas & Mexican Central Railroad that connected Dallas, Texas to Cleburne, Texas. In 1881, Mr. Charles Nance (who later became the community’s first Postmaster) arrived by train to the what the city was known at that time as the “Duncan Switch” to visit his sister. Envisioning a bright future for this area of Dallas County, Mr. Nance made the decision to stay and relocate permanently. He formed a partnership with his brother in law and purchased a lot for $50 to build the community’s first building and petitioned along with the members of the community to change the name of the community and simply add “ville” to Duncan. Mr. Nance’s development efforts in the community led to the town’s rapid growth, increasing in population by 300% between 1900 to 1920. By the mid 1940’s, Duncanville boomed to more than 2000 citizens, in large part of the US Army establishing a military complex for flight training in Duncanville. When the town reached 5000 residents in the 1950’s, a city government was established with a council-manager resulting in the establishment of the Duncanville Police Department.

ABOUT THE COIN

The coin features the department’s shield centered on the face of the coin; colored in red, white and blue. The silhouette of the State of Texas is embossed in the center of the shield, with the “D” city logo within the silhouette. “POLICE” is engraved directly above the State, and the city’s wordmark “DUNCANVILLE CITY OF CHAMPIONS” is written below the silhouette of the State. The towards the outer circle of the coin features three silver five point stars, with the engraving “COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE” on the bottom half of the coin.
The obverse side of the coin features the official badge of the Duncanville Police Department, located in the center of the coin. The badge features a silver bald eagle above the banner, which has the engraving “POLICE.” Located in the center of the badge is a silver wreath, which sits directly above another banner with the engraving “OFFICER.” The badge’s outer edges feature the engraving “DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS A CITY OF CHAMPIONS.” The furthest outer circle of the coin has a black backdrop, with the engraving “DUNCANVILLE” towards the top and two green ivory vines on the left and right of the coin. “POLICE” engraved on the bottom of the coin with two silver five point stars on both sided of the engraving.

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March 29, 2017 0

Challenge Coin of the Week: University Park Police Department

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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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