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Top- To Tow and Serve
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Bottom - the license plate says CPD; MS is for Marion Santella who designed this in the late 70s

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Air show patch with the Blue Angels team

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The Canine Unit was activated in 1961 and in the beginning it had six officer-handlers plus their dogs.  All of the dogs were German Shepherds.  The first female canine officer joined the unit in 1979.

Your helpful canine partner
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Hurry up or I'm going 99 - go as a one-person car

Left - Wild Wild West Side
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Right - Seal of Approval - baseball or softball team

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Obvious novelty patches
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Horses were used again starting July 1974
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Before 1974, horses were last used 1948; the 1st female officer on the Mounted Unit was in 1975

This was used on the horses a LONG time ago
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Note the two 6-point stars. I still need the above item

Below - very old - STILL NEED
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Seen on very old photos of CPD officers

1964 Parking Placard for the Press
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I still need any other CPD placards

ABOVE  --  This is a parking pass, also known as a parking placard.  It measures 5 inches by 9 inches and is completely enclosed in a plastic laminate.  It has yellowed a bit with age, but for being 45+ years old, it still looks okay, though it has some dirt around the edges.  It has the printed signature of the bossman from 1964, Superintendent O.W. Wilson.

 

It was placed on the dashboard or sun visor of vehicles, in the hope that the vehicle would not get a parking ticket.  This one has a crack in the plastic between the letters "E" and the first "S" of PRESS.

 

This placard was issued by the CPD for the news media.  CPD had other placards such as for some of its own unmarked vehicles. 

 

I placed a "watermark" on it with the name of this web site, so that some enterprising soul will have a harder time misusing a copy of this.

 

I still need any other placards.  Thanks to the guy who sent this to me, who wishes to remain nameless.

 

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Left - from a trainee class in 2000

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Crime Lab & Forensic Services
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Regarding the Crime Lab and Forensic Services patches above -  Note the slight differences in the star in the top left patch and the one next to it; these were actually worn on the left shoulder of the lab coats; the far left one may be first issue. 

 

The patch with the years 1929 - 1996 commemmorates the CPD Crime Lab which existed during those years or when the CPD used the crime lab at Northwestern University (which actually started in 1930).  The need for such a lab was obvious after the St. Valenine's Day massacre in 1929.  The NU lab was called the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory and its plaque logo is used in the CPD Crime Lab patch design.  The city paid NU to set up a crime lab, but the CPD finally had its own crime lab starting August 1938.  Starting in 1996, lab functions were performed by the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center in Chicago.

 

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The above patch was thought to be a prototype for the Lab.  I have since learned that it was designed by James A. Mauer when he was Executive Director of the Office of Municipal Investigations, which became the Inspector General's office.
 
 

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I still need the above badge

Crossing Guard hat
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Still need one of these; note the use of a patch versus a shield

Top right is current style
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The Y is for 3 major areas of the city- North, West & South; the East side is Lake Michigan

from the Municipal Code of Chicago

1-8-070 Municipal device-City vehicle identification.
 

The municipal device, for use by the varied unofficial interests of the city and its people, shall show a Y-shaped figure in a circle, colored and designed to suit individual tastes and needs. All automobiles and other vehicles which are owned by the city, except those used by the commissioner of police, and the detective bureau of the department of police, shall be distinctly marked as the property of the city by painting or placing thereon in a conspicuous place, in such a manner that the same cannot be removed, the municipal device, together with the words "City of Chicago," and the name of the department operating the said automobile or other vehicle. (Prior code 2-7)
The above is from the Chicago Public Library website.

Per the Chicago Historical Society, the Y symbol represents the 3 major parts of the city, as marked by the North and South branches of the Chicago River - North, West and South.  For the most part, the East side of Chicago is Lake Michigan.  The Y symbol is included in the architecture of some older buildings.

more novelty items
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CPD divers have completed over 500 dives in Chicago waters

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The Emerald Society was formed in May 1982.   Its primary purpose is to honor police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.  Its secondary purpose is to promote Irish culture and music.  It has played all over the U.S. and in Ontario, Canada.  The Band's patch is pictured above and is worn on the left shoulder.  They wear the city flag patch on the right shoulder.  The other pictured patch is a novelty item from St. Patrick's Day 2001.

CPD Pipes and Drums epaulet
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Used by permission from Officer John W. "Bones" Ryan

The epaulets pictured are worn by members of the CPD Pipes and Drums.  The epaulets are made from their kilt pattern which is the "Earl of St. Andrew" pattern because the pattern closely resembles the colors worn by CPD officers.

Another epaulet
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Used by permission

Emerald Society star
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still need this one

Pipes & Drums Emerald Socy 25th anniversary star
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It's a 3 inch silver colored star with green lettering

The logo in the center of the 25th anniversary star is an Irish Trinity Knot.

 

The 25th anniversary was in 2007 and around September 2007, the stars were issued to reflect this important milestone.  Members wore them until the end of 2008.

 

Only 300 of these stars were made.

 

These are 3 inches across and very thick - about a full 1/8 of an inch.

 

While it's hard to see in the picture, the words, 25th Anniversary, are done in green sparkle enamel.

 
 

Below - Pipies and Drums star
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Actually worn by the members

The star above was made for the Pipes and Drums 10th anniversary.   It is worn by the members.  There is a similar star with a gold color, which is given to the families of fallen officers.  The Latin phrase is explained below - under the patch photo.

New patch for 2009
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Pipes and Drums

Founded in 1999, the Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department is a not-for-profit Police Bagpipe and Drum band.  Its mission is  "Honor Our Fallen" comrades, their families and friends in their time of need. 

The Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department is over (30) thirty members strong composed of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The only prerequisite to joining the Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department is that you be an active sworn member of the CPD -  this makes it one of a handful of Police Pipe and Drum Bands in the entire world comprised completely of its own rank and file;  serving with honor, protecting with integrity.

 

The above text is from the Pipes and Drums web site.

 The phrase in the center of the patch means, Honor their sacrifice.

The Bicycle Patrol Unit was established in 1992
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In 1981, District 22 was among the first districts to have a bicycle patrol

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new in 2006

Marine Unit patches
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Very old
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Made with thick metallic thread - known as a bullion style patch

The above item is an official issue, CPD embroidered blazer patch/badge.  It attaches with 3 pins to the outside of a blazer pocket.

An alternative uniform in civilian dress was authorized - grey slacks, navy blue blazer, white shirt and dark colored tie (burgundy, navy blue or combo).

Mostly exempt rank (sworn) and senior administrative personnel (unsworn) were issued this blazer patch.  It was used at least during the 1980s.

 

Does anyone know whether this patch is still used?

 

This is approximately 12 inches across
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I'm proud to say that my grandfather was a Chicago fireman in the 1920s

Below - my grandfather - 1920s photo
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I think he was an arson investigator at some point

Above - my grandfather also received a Retired badge from his engine company when he retired.  That badge, as well as the star pictured above, have his name engraved on the back.
 
Since my brother is a retired suburban Chicago fireman, he has both of these badges instead of me.

Drug Enforcement Administration, US Customs, CPD
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IL State Police, Immigration, US Marshals Service

Newer Gang Task Force patch
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I still need this Gang patch

Terrorism & otherTask Force patches
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Bottom left - FBI, CPD, U.S. Secret Service
 
Bottom right - FBI, CPD, Illinois State Police; the WWP on the bottom means "Wonderful World of Police" - an inside joke.  The beacon that's pictured in this one, which is also referred to in the center patch with the words, "The beacon shines brightly" is another inside joke.
 
Top right - FBI, CPD and ISP.
 
 

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Terrorism Liaison Officer

For those who liked the game of Monopoly
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"This card may be kept until needed or sold"

Another card
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Lockup Key
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Not exactly insignia, but maybe you carried one while on duty

Here's another key you may have carried
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CPD handcuff key made by ASP - can anyone say when these were made?

Old Callbox Key
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Some guys have the actual callbox with phone, set up as a working home telephone

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