The Metro Special Police Department's (MSPD) policy prohibits providing official uniform shoulder patches to anyone other than a currently sworn or retired law enforcement officer. Therefore, MSPD will only honor requests for uniform shoulder patches from active sworn law enforcement officers (LEOs) or retired law enforcement officers (RLEOs) in the United States. MSPD does not honor patch requests from non-law enforcement personnel (i.e. civilians or patch collectors) or law enforcement outside of the United States.
Active sworn officers must submit an electronic request to MSPD, and provide a copy of their current LEO credential from their agency. Retired sworn officers must submit an electronic request, and provide a copy of their retired credentials to MSPD.
Subject to availability, the patch will be mailed to the requester's address within 5-7 business days. To submit a patch request to MSPD, fill out the below form, attach a copy of your credentials for verification, and click on submit after answering each question.
The Metro Special Police Department's (MSPD) uniform shoulder patch was designed by a member of the Department in 2016, adopted in 2017 and used continuously since that time. It is used on the sleeves of all uniform shirts, blouses and winter jackets.
The MSPD uniform patch is circular in shape and 5x5 inches. DCMR Title 6A, Chapter 11 requires that special police officers wear distinct shoulder patches that are circular in shape and 5x5 inches. The patch's primary colors are gold, red, white, and navy blue.
At the top of the patch is the name of our agency "Metro Special Police Department". In the center of the patch is the U.S. Capitol building, which is a major landmark that is synonymous with Washington, DC. The U.S. Capitol building is shrouded in white and casted with a black shadow. This is representative of the constant battle between "good" and "evil" in society and how law enforcement seeks to preserve the good in society and drive out the evil. The two gold oak leaf clusters over the top of the U.S. Capitol building represents "to protect and serve" in the nation's capitol. Additionally, in the center of the patch are the words "special police" representing our official title. On both sides of the patch are three red stars. The stars are emblematic of the flag of Washington, DC. At the bottom of the patch is our jurisdiction "Washington, DC".
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