BPD Service Ribbon

Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:58 Written by  Published in Pride Read 38 times

BPD Service ribbonBaltimore Police Historical Society's BPD Service Ribbon

If we look around at various Vets we'll notice many of them wear some sort of Combat Ribbon patch, these patches tell us what campaigns they were involved in, and while it is a nice way for us to know where they served and give them a quick thanks for their service, it is more important for them to be able to look out and see a Brother or Sister that serves in the same campaign or campaigns that they did. A few years back and over the last few years we had conversations with various members of the Baltimore Police Historic Society and designed our own Baltimore Police Service Ribbon. Our hope is that our retired and active will wear a patch on a ball cap, stick a decal on their rear car window so when we see one of our Brothers or Sisters we'll know of the serves that made sacrifices they gave.

1 black devider 800 8 72Meanings of The Design in Our BPD Service Ribbon

1a awards grey

Under the muted grey we can see we were going for nine vertical stripes, in four different colors each having a symbolic meaning: 

1b awards orange

We'll start with the four Orange stripes because our agency originally started with just four districts. Also, orange goes back in our history for everything from the Calverts to our other commendation ribbons. We initially started using orange due to an error with the printer, the order was written up calling for Or and Sable, the printer thinking Or was an abbreviation for orange, used orange, but Or is a golden-yellow color, much like that found in the Calvert Family quarters of the Maryland flag. Sable is Black also found in the Calvert quarter of the Maryland flag.   

1c awards black

The Black stripe is in memory of our Fallen Officers. Not all of our fallen officers were recognized over the years, we are still finding officers that died while working that were not added to the list of Baltimore's known fallen officers. I think the department recognizes somewhere around 140 or so, we found 186 fallen officers, and have then all listed on this site. They can be found HERE1d awards red

The Red stripes are to remind us of our Injured. We have some of our Injured listed on the site, but they are not sent to us by the department and the only way we can list them is if the injured officer or their family send us their info to be added, most of what is found on this site came from Bill Hackley's old site, some names sent to us by P/O Bobby Brown, and as mentioned earlier names sent by family members of the injured officers.

1e awards blue

The Blue stripes represent loyalty, and are for the men and women that wear, or have worn the uniform of a baltimore City Police officer. The blue is on the ends to show that our officers are what hold it all together for us.  

1f awards full color

Putting it all together and we have a unique Baltimore City Police Service Ribbon that will not only let us know when we are seeing another of our Brother or Sister officers, but will also serve as a reminder of our Department's History, our Service, our Injured and, our Fallen. 

For now we have access to decals that are 4" x 1.9" that's just a little larger than a 2x4 as we look at it from the end. 
We'll eventually have patches made, and maybe even an actual ribbon for use in a shadow box with all of the other ribbons we've earned over the years.


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