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Richfield Police Department unveils new badge during National Police Week

Post Date:05/21/2019 4:04 PM

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After 52 years of service, the City of Richfield Police Department retired the badge that adorned its officers uniform since 1967 at the May 14 city council meeting, which fell during National Police Week.      

Since the inception of the City of Richfield Police Department in 1937, it has only known two badge designs. The original badge was used from 1937 to 1967. The second badge was used from 1967 until May 14, 2019.

Richfield’s newest officer, Devinn Metz, was the first officer to receive the new badge from Police Chief Jay Henthorne at the meeting. Chief Henthorne also provided a brief history of the department’s previous badges, as well as their meaning to the community at-large.    

The redesigned badge, with complementary shield, symbolizes the department’s adoption of modern policing techniques while paying homage to the department’s storied past by incorporating elements of the original badge, the year of the department’s inception and the Minnesota state seal.

“Many Minnesota police departments have badges that look very similar to one another,” said Lieutenant Brad Drayna. “Our new badge has a different shape, is heavier and has a much more unique look to it.”

The development of the new badge was shepherded by Lieutenant Mark Shelley, who worked with officers throughout the department on a design that would adequately represent the spirit of the department, as well as the community it serves.

“A police officer’s badge is perhaps the most visible and recognizable symbol of policing around the world,” remarked Chief Henthorne, during his council meeting presentation. “A police badge represents honor, integrity, service and dedication to the people our officers are sworn to protect.” 

Richfield’s uniformed police officers proudly wear their badges to demonstrate their allegiance to the community they serve and the pride they have in the law enforcement profession.

“To a police officer their badge is more than just a piece of metal, it is a promise. It is also a sign of a Richfield police officer’s high standard of service,” explained Henthorne. “I wanted the new badge to remember the past, but forge a new future for the department.”

The department hopes that the new badge will instill a reinvigorated sense of pride in the community that the officers serve day and night, 365 days a year. 

Both current and former officers have voiced their approval for the new badge.

“The new badge is a creative way to intertwine our future with our past,” said officer Miranda Soldow. “I feel a lot of pride in the new badge and so do my fellow officers.”

Past department leaders, such as former Police Chief Barry Fritz and Sergeant/Ward 3 City Councilmember Tom Fitzhenry, were on hand for the badge unveiling and both voiced their approval of the new badge.

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