Police insignia from CHICAGO

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Old 10 inch wide reflective stickers

Chicago Police Department insignia galore!  This is NOT the site of the Chicago Police Department.  This is a patch collector's personal site to show you insignia from my hometown, which has the best police department in the country.  This site does not solicit money.  It's a free-for-the-viewing site for people to enjoy.  This site is not sponsored by, affiliated with, endorsed or approved by the Chicago Police Department. 

Chicago Police Department patches, hats and more - Welcome to my site!   I collect insignia from the Chicago Police Department.  This is NOT the official CPD site.  It is a site where the various patches etc. of the CPD are displayed.  There are no items for sale on this site. 
 
This site is dedicated to the men and women of the Chicago Police Department.  This site is also dedicated to the memory of CPD Officer Rickie Lee Wagner, a 22-year veteran of the force, who was also active in FOP activities and who collected CPD memorabilia.  He passed away in March 2005 and is missed by his family and friends.
 
A special welcome to retired CPD officers!  Lots of old patches are pictured here.  Note that I'm not an employee of the CPD and I'm not a dealer of anything.  In the 1970s I clerked at the Cook County State's Attorney's office (Criminal Appeals Division and the Felony Trial Division at 26th Street).  Now I'm just a collector who made this site so others can enjoy viewing Chicago Police Department insignia, old and new.  Thanks to those who made items available to me, which are pictured on this site.  A special thanks to former Officer Tom Marquez for his nameplate with unit identifier, and for allowing me to put this item on my site.

I'm a former Chicago resident who started collecting Chicago Police patches years ago.  You'll see that while I have quite a few, I still need many of the old style patches.

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Here are some oldies -
 
The patches that are teardrop shaped or pie piece shaped were used from 1957 until November 1981.  The old style patches had a district number or specialty section letter(s) in the center.  There were 41 districts before Superintendent O.W. Wilson reorganized the department after he took the helm in 1960.  There is a map on Page 2 showing the District boundaries for all but 3 of these 41 police Districts.  This map also shows the boundaries for the 6 Area Headquarters - now, there are only 5 of these.
 
Patches for Patrol officers used the blue letters, blue border, as shown above and at the top of the next page.
 
Sergeants, Lieutenants and Captains used the blue letters, yellow border (see next page).
 
Above that - the exempt ranks - used yellow letters and yellow border (see next page).
 
These color schemes continue today with the current 8-sided patches.
 
All old and new styles in all ranks had cloth patches for shirts, leather patches for leather jackets and felt patches for the wool coats ("reefer coats").  In the pictures, where you see the same district number more than once, that means there is the cloth version shown first, plus the leather or felt variations shown after that.  For some reason, some of the felt patches I have are noticeably darker than the cloth or leather patches.  You can see that some of the leather patches reflect the light from the camera flash.
 
In late 1981, the 8-sided patches were adopted and are still in use.
 
The 10 inch blue and red star stickers shown at the top were used on the old 3-wheelers, and the red one is the older version.  Note these are peel-off stickers rather than water-based decals.  Door stickers were 17  1/2 inches and used blue & gold from 1960 to 1968, and used blue & white from 1969 to 1975.

My Chicago Police Department insignia collection won the Best Patch Display awards at three police insignia shows in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
 
Be sure to scroll back up and click on the "PAGE 2" link at the very top of this page, above the Blue star sticker!  On Page 2, and the other pages, there are more than 350 photos of patches, hats and other CPD items there. 
 
Also - to contact me, either by e-mail or regular mail, scroll to the top of this page and click on  "Contact me."

This is a 4 inch sticker
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Similar versions say Retired, Active and Family

Award plaque from the 2004 Tucson, Arizona show
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Tucson hosts an annual police insignia show

Car decals displayed
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Please click on "Contact Me" at the top of this page to correct or update any information I have here regarding any of the pictures.   ALSO  - click on Page 2 for the start of the rest of the photos- Click on "Page 2" just above the Blue star sticker near the top of this page - on Page 2 and the following pages, there are about 350 more photos. 
 
 
All text and images shown on this site are copyrighted.
 
Links to my other web sites --
 
Alaska State Troopers insignia--
 
Royal Canadian Mounted Police--
 
 
 
Scroll back up to click on the other pages.
 
   Thanks.