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CURRENT ITEMS  &  SWAT

Below - STILL NEED - current in late 2009
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Worn only on navy blue flight suits

American Legion Post 207 Drum and Bugle Corps
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I still need the above patch

American Legion Post 207 star
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This measures 1 7/8 inches; center seal is "turned" a bit

Novelty item from Post 207
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I still need the above hat shield

Current style + Field Training Officer patches
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Each rank has cloth, leather & felt patches. This pic shows one of my display cases.

This picture shows the current style, all ranks.  Top row 8-sided - patrol officers; middle row - sergeants, lieutenants and captains; bottom row - commander and above.  Note the Field Training Officer patches - the blue one is the shirt patch and the black one is the jacket patch - the position existed for many years and the CPD even issued a large pin with "Patrol Specialist" on it (pictured on another page) to recognize these officers, and the FTO position was finally created formally in early 1999, including the extra pay.  The sergeant stripes also came in blue for the shirts and black for the jackets. 
 
The city flag patch is worn in this color scheme, used by all ranks, and has been in use since May 1, 1971, when sergeants started wearing white shirts rather than blue shirts.  The flag patch on the left is leather; the other is cloth.  The 4 stars on the flag denote important city events - the Fort Dearborn massacre in 1812; the 1871 Great Chicago Fire; and two World's Fairs - the World Columbian Exposition in 1893 and the Century of Progress Exposition in 1933.  The top blue stripe in the flag represents Lake Michigan and the North branch of the Chicago River.  The bottom blue stripe represents the South branch of the Chicago River and the "Great Canal."

Left - white portions are leather; Right - cloth
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The size of the 4 stars on different patches varies with the manufacturer

closeup - coat patches
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The sergeant's coat patch on the left is from the 1970s.  Its stripes are twice as thick (from front to back) as the stripes on the patch on the right, which is from 2004.  These older style patches are on the nylon jacket, the leather jacket and the wool coat pictured below.  Note that the sergeant's patch on the right and the Field Training Officer patch use the identical colors.

closeup - shirt patches
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Left FTO - "real" patch; Right FTO - error - wrong border color

The Field Training Officer patch on the left is actually used.  The FTO patch on the right is an error patch - it has the wrong color for the outside border. 

Used by sergeants, lieutenants & captains
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The above style has been current since November 1981.  The symbolic meaning of the city seal is as follows:
 
The American shield represents the national spirit of Chicago.  The Indian represents the discoverer of the site of Chicago.  The ship in full sail is emblematic of the approach of civilization and commerce.  The sheaf of wheat is typical of activity and plenty, holding the same meaning as cornucopia.  The nude babe in the shell is the ancient and classical symbolism of the pearl, and Chicago, situated at the neck of the lake, signifies that it shall be "The Gem of the Lakes."  The motto, "Urbs in Horto," means "City in a Garden."  The City of Chicago was incorporated on March 4, 1837.
 
The above information is contained in a small folder from the CPD which encloses a patrol officer's patch (for people crazy enough to collect these things).  A supervisor's patch is pictured above - used by sergeants, lieutenants and captains.
 
This pictured patch is also the patch worn by members of the Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department.  This group was founded in 1999 and serves to "Honor Our Fallen" comrades, their families and friends in their time of need.  Some photos of their distinctive epaulets are pictured elsewhere.
 
The city motto appeared at the bottom of the stars that were used from 1955 until 2003.  On the 2003 style stars, the motto is at the bottom of the center city seal.  These new style stars are copyrighted by the CPD.
 
 

Left- the 5, 10 & 15 year service bars
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Right - the 20 year service star for left coat sleeve

Old style 15-year service bars
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Worn on the left coat sleeve as shown below

old nylon jacket
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Has old style stripes and old style 15-year service bars

Another old nylon jacket
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The buttons attach via velcro

Old leather jacket with leather flag patch
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Has the old style leather shoulder patch for Traffic & old style sergeant stripes

Leather jackets were first authorized in August 1965 to replace the fur collar jackets.  Officers had a full year to implement this change.  Leather jackets became regulation attire in August 1966.

Current style with Sgt stripes - still need this
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I would love to buy one of these for my collection

Patrol Officer's leather jacket - still need this
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Both patches are leather

old Sgt's dress blouse - still need this
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Old wool dress blouse from 1973
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old wool "reefer" coat - very heavy weight
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has the 20 year service star on left sleeve

New wool coats for Lieutenant & above - still need
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Note the scroll design on the left sleeve for exempt ranks

Patrol Officer's shirt
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Has the Field Training Officer patches

Sergeant's shirt - white shirts since May 1, 1971
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Above, is the white shirt worn by sergeants since May 1, 1971.  The shirt pictured above has the style of shoulder patch used since 1981 - the 8-sided patch.

 

Below, is an old style sergeant's shirt.  For one thing, it's blue rather than white.  Also, it has the old style pie piece or teardrop style of shoulder patch, with a center insert for District 19.  Additionally, it doesn't have a city flag patch, since the flag patches were not worn on uniforms until May 1, 1971 - the same day sergeants started wearing the white shirts.

Here's something you haven't seen since 1971
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old Patrol shirt with District 14 patch
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from 1973

Old shirt for Lieutenants and Captains
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old Cadet shirt - still need; no District insert
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From the late 1960s; the Cadet program was revived in 2005 after it was dormant for over 30 years

Old long sleeved shirt with #2 insert
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This long sleeve version is in my collection

Above -- see the #2 insert?  That did not designate the district. 
 
As of April 1, 1967, Cadets were required to wear inserts numbered 1, 2 or 3 to designate their seniority.

From the 1960s - breast badge - still need this
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Bottom - the nameplate was inserted here - see the holes; This style is still used by Cadets

Hat shield from the 1960s
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I still need this item

The Cadet cap replaced the foldable cap in 1966
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I still need this item

Nameplate & Unit Identifier from Off. Tom Marquez
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Unit Identifiers became popular after CPD stopped using patches with the District numbers in 1981

Nameplates became regulation equipment in August 1965.

Plastic Unit Identifiers from the 1980s
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The nameplate attached to the top part; I obviously don't have all of these

Coat buttons - current city seal on the Left
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Older city seal on the Right - used before 1907

Odd colored flag patch
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The above patch shows what happened after one manufacturer failed to use color-fast threads on all of the colors.  This occurred from approximately 1995 - 2000.

Hostage/Barricaded/Terrorist Unit
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The HBT was formed in 1979

Only the subdued HBT patch was actually worn; the colored one pictured above is a novelty.  In late 2005 or early 2006, the term SWAT came into use. 
 
The blue colored SWAT patch is a novelty item and the subdued gray one was actually worn.  The colored version is the logo used on SWAT vehicles.   It's very hard to see, even on the items themselves, but on the SWAT patches, at the bottom of the center seal, where the words, Urbs in Horto would be, the letters "HBT" are sewn in. 
 
As of 2007, the SWAT team uses an olive drab uniform. 

Below - these were actually worn
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The "HBT" patch is velcro
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Can anyone say whether these were actually used?

I think the top row patches are actually used
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I think the bottom row patches are novelty items

Note the "reverse" color scheme on these flags
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Regarding the subdued flag patches above -

 

The small flag in the center is hat size.

 

I have a photo of a SWAT team member from 2001, wearing the patch at the top left with dark stripes and dark stars.

 

I have a photo of Election Night 2008, where the officers are wearing the patch at top right with gray stripes and gray stars.  

 

Obviously, both subdued flag patches were used  --  the story I heard is that the manufacturer of the patches made a run of patches in the reverse color scheme when patches were re-ordered, and nobody seemed to care.

 

Since the SWAT team now wears green fatigues, the top left gray and black flag patch is likely obsolete.

 

Black and gray shoulder patches and flag patches are worn on the BDUs when needed by district Tact teams, area gang teams and the Mobile Strike Force.

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All of the above are believed to be novelty patches

The below camo flag patch is a novelty item
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I still need the above patch

The SWAT team has olive drab uniforms as of 2007
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Above item is a novelty patch

Below, top - current since 2007 - still need
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Bottom - the shoulder patch is used but the flag patch is a novelty item

 Regarding the green SWAT patches just above -

 

The top shoulder patch and top flag patch are used.

 

While the bottom shoulder patch was thought to be a novelty, I heard that some team members wear this patch, because they were on the team when it was called HBT.

 

Since this patch has the letters HBT in the lower part of the center seal, they wear this patch.  The flag patch on the bottom is just a novelty item.

novelty item - still need
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Desert camo patches + flag patches
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All of the above are believed to be novelty patches

Another version of the desert camo flag patch
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I still need the above patch

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Above - a tan novelty patch

Narcotics & Gang Intel Section
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OCD - Organized Crime Division

Novelty TRU patch
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The Targeted Response Unit is deployed to "hot spots" to combat gangs, guns, drugs and homicides.

The officers wear uniforms and patrol in marked cars.  One of their strategies is to conduct stops for traffic offenses and use those stops to look for other violations, such as gun possession.

The Targeted Response Unit is assigned to the Grand Crossing, Calumet and Gresham districts on the South Side and the Harrison district on the West Side.

 

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