CHICAGO POLICE HAT SHIELDS

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Below is a complete pictorial presentation of the all Chicago Police Department Hat Badges.

Prior to, and during, the use of the Precinct Identifier badge embroidered wreaths with the title of the officers rank were also used. The metal version of the Precinct Identifier was only worn by patrolmen. Ranks of sergeant and above utilized the embroidered wreath with rank. Beginning in 1907 all ranks began to wear a metal hat shield.

c1855 SERIES
PRECINCT IDENTIFIER WREATH


In Service Dates: c1855 – January 7, 1907

Status: Inactive – Retired

Manufactured By: Unknown, Likely S.D. Childs & Co.

1908 SERIES
PATROLMAN HAT SHIELD


In Service Dates: January 13, 1908 – September 2002

Status: Inactive – Retired

Manufactured By: C.H. Hanson Co., Metal-Arts Co. and V.H. Blackington

2002 SERIES
POLICE OFFICER HAT SHIELD


In Service Dates: September 2002 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Manufactured By: V.H. Blackington

1908 SERIES
DETECTIVE HAT SHIELD


In Service Dates: c1980’s – September 2002

Status: Inactive – Retired

Manufactured By: V.H. Blackington

1908 SERIES
GANG SPECIALIST HAT SHIELD


In Service Dates: c1980’s – c1990’s

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Manufactured By: V.H. Blackington

1908 SERIES
INVESTIGATOR HAT SHIELD


In Service Dates: c1980’s – c1990’s

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Manufactured By: V.H. Blackington

1908 SERIES
SERGEANT HAT SHIELD


In Service Dates: January 13, 1908 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Manufactured By: C.H. Hanson Co., Metal-Arts Co. and V.H. Blackington

1908 SERIES
COMMAND STAFF HAT SHIELD


In Service Dates: January 13, 1908 – Present

Status: Active – Currently Issued

Manufactured By: C.H. Hanson Co., Metal-Arts Co. and V.H. Blackington

Note: This shield is worn by all ranks from Lieutenant through Superintendent of Police.