KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch unveiled Tuesday a new shoulder patch for Knoxville Police Department uniforms that’s designed to highlight a number of Knoxville landmarks.
Officials say the new patch is more representative of the qualities the city of Knoxville has to offer, rather than the generic patch used by many agencies across the nation.
Images on the patch include the Great Smoky Mountains, the Howard Baker Jr. Federal Courthouse, the Sunsphere, Blount Mansion, Ayers Hall on the campus of the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Theatre, the Gay and Henley Street bridges and the Tennessee river.
The patch also features the year Knoxville was founded, 1791, and three stars to represent the three divisions of the state of Tennessee.
Chief Rausch says the police department’s command staff worked for more than a year to develop the patch. Input was received from officers through a survey along with group discussions during in-service training in 2014.
This is only the fourth time in KPD’s 166-year history that a new patch design has been adopted and the first since the 1970s.
“The new patch defines who we are. It is unique to our city and no other police department will be able to wear this patch. We are proud of the design and believe this patch will be an additional tool that will connect us with the community we serve,” said Chief Rausch.
KPD says the transition to the new patch will happen during the month of March with all old patches phased out by April 1. The implementation of the new patch will not bear the city any additional costs.