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Challenge Coin of the Week: Texas Crime Prevention Association Challenge Coin

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Texas Crime Prevention Association Challenge Coin

This week’s Challenge Coin of the Week comes from our partners at the Texas Crime Prevention Association!

ABOUT THE COIN.

The front of the commemorative coin honors the 40th anniversary of the Association. Centered and in the background is the image of the flag of Texas, with the number “40” imprinted in gold. A gold wreath is also imprinted in gold and encircles the number. Towards the outer edge of the coin with a blue background contains the Association’s mission statement in gold lettering “PRESERVING SAFE COMMUNITIES SINCE 1975.” At the coin’s four and seven o’clock are two gold stars; and the coin’s six o’clock recognizes the active years of the organization.

The obverse side of the coin contains a gold background. Centered is the official seal of the Texas Crime Prevention Association, which feature the colors of the State of Texas (red, white and blue) and a five-point star, representing the “Lone Star State.” Outside of the Association’s seal are the nine seals that represent the regional affiliates of the Association: Alamo Area, Central Texas, East Texas, Far West Texas, North Texas, South Texas, Texas Chisolm, Texas Gulf and West Texas Crime Prevention Associations.

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Challenge Coin of the Week: University of Illinois Fire Service Institute Challenge Coin

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University of Illinois Fire Service Institute Challenge Coin

Since 1925, the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) has been preparing firefighters and first responders throughout the state of Illinois and around the world. Students who enroll in the IFSI are provided advanced training, education and information from instructors who deliver more than 14,000 class hours annually and help prepare students with real life situations they would encounter as a firefighter or first responder. The institute is a part of the University Illinois education system and is located at UI’s main campus in Champagne, IL. IFSI main campus includes 28 acres of real-life training props and uses a live-fire structural building for burn training; one of the remaining of its kind in the United States. The site also includes training and educational props for hazardous materials (HAZMAT), collapsed buildings, high-rise buildings, trenches and vehicle rescue. A streetscape structure mimics a city block with a variety of store fronts and an area is dedicated to agricultural and environmental training.

Additionally, IFSI’s research center employs experienced scientists and professors who conduct applied research that addresses real-world health and safety challenges facing firefighter and first responders. The research center is also affiliated with the University of Illinois and is home to the only library in the State of Illinois dedicated to fire service. For IFSI outstanding service and role in training and educating our future firefighters and first responders, OBS salutes you.

ABOUT THE COIN.

The front of the coin features a bronzed Maltese cross which serves as IFSI’s seal and is located at the center of the coin. Within IFSI’s seal is layered image of a firefighter helmet, along with crossing hook and axe, and vertical ladder. The helmet, hook, axe and ladder are encircled within the seal and include the engraving “ILLINOIS” at the circle’s 12’oclock and “FIRE SERVICE INSTITUE, engraved from the circle’s nine o’clock to its three o’clock. Above the Maltese cross rests an American Bald Eagle, with a banner hanging from its beak with the engraving “STATE FIRE ACADEMY.” The outer circle towards the edge of the coin features the University’s colors of orange and blue, with the caption of “UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS” on the top half of the circle and “FIRE SERVICE INSTITUTE” on the bottom half.

The obverse side of the coin features the bronzed motto of IFSI: “TO HELP EVERY ILLINOIS FIRE FIGHTER DO THEIR WORK OF PROTECTING EACH ILLINOIS COMMUNITY THROUGH TRAINING EDUCATION INFORMATION AND RESEARCH.”

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Challenge Coin of the Week: Baltimore Police Department

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Baltimore Police Department Challenge Coin.

Although the department was officially established in 1853, the Baltimore Police Department was originally organized 60 years before it was established as a force of constables who were authorized to enforce town laws in 1784. The 164-year-old police agency has earned a rich history in law enforcement, from its involvement in the US Civil War to its advancements in crime fighting technology. Today, the BPD is staffed by nearly 3,100 civilians and sworn personnel, serving a population of 621,000 citizens over a land mass of 81 square miles and 11 square miles of waterways in nine districts. The large jurisdiction and size of the department makes the Baltimore Police Department the eighth largest police force in the United States.

ABOUT THE COIN.

The front of the coin features the official badge of the department plated in gold and placed in the center of the coin. At the top of the shield sits an American Bald Eagle and a gold banner with the engraving “COMMISSIONER” written in blue in front of the Eagle. The badge’s shield has another banner below the Eagle’s claws, with the engraving “POLICE” which is also written in blue. Towards the center of the shield contains inner shield with the backdrop of the Maryland state flag and the historic image of the Battle Monument featured in its center. Below the inner shield is a blue banner with the engraving “BALTIMORE” in gold lettering and the number “1” signifying the badge belonging to Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. The outer circular edge of the coin features a blue backdrop with a gold engraving “POLICE COMMISSIONER” on the top half of the circle and “KEVIN DAVIS” engraved on the bottom half.

The obverse side of the coin features the official patch of the Baltimore Police Department. The patch has a blue backdrop with the shield containing the Maryland state flag as the background. The Battle Monument is centered in front of the shield and the lettering “BALTIMORE POLICE” is arched above the Battle Monument. Four five point stars are placed above the centered patch, which is the insignia of the highest ranking officer on the force; the Police Commissioner. Towards the bottom of the shield is a gold number “1.” The outer circle features the recognizable colors of black and blue, which honors the officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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April 19, 2017 0

Operation Blue Shield Sponsors the 14th Annual Kids ‘N Kites Day.

DALLAS, TX – Fair winds and clear skies greeted hundreds of kite flyers at this year’s 14th Annual Kids ‘n Kites Festival held at Lakehill Prep’s Athletic Complex on Ferguson Road in Dallas, TX. Volunteers from the Carrollton Host, Carrollton Early, Dallas Oak Cliff and Dallas White Rock Lions Clubs sweated over a hot fire to cook up 500 hot dogs for the children from surrounding schools and their families.

Operation Blue Shield was a new sponsor this year and joined with the Dallas White Rock Lions in providing food for lunch for the high flyers, their parents and siblings.

Operation Blue Shield’s Community Liaison, Kerry Goodwin helped coordinate the event, raised funds to cover expenses and recruited volunteers. Many thanks to all of our volunteers and sponsors with a special recognition to Roger Perry, Lakehill Prep’s Headmaster who filled many roles during the event, including passing out kites, serving food and cleaning up afterwards.

OBS would also like to thank Dallas ISD Board of Trustee, President Dan Micciche who spent time with our kite flyers and their parents talking about the importance of staying in school and learning as much as possible every day.

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Challenge Coin of the Week: Oklahoma State University Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology Program

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Oklahoma State University Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology Program

Oklahoma State University has a rich history of delivering distinguished education to fire service professionals from around the world. Decades of educational research and academia has ultimately enhanced fire safety and protection. The first fire service education program in North America started at OSU in 1937. Since this time, the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology degree has been recognized as a world leader in fire safety and technology education. This strong program continues to increase in demand as enrollment has climbed more than 60 percent in the past five years alone. Today, OSU maintains the most comprehensive collection of fire protection and safety-related programs and initiatives of any institution, education or otherwise, in the world.

ABOUT THE COIN.

The coin features OSU’s mascot Pistol Pete riding a soda-acid style fire extinguisher.  The real Pistol Pete was US Deputy Marshal Frank Eaton, a real-life gunslinger who retired near OSU and was known to frequent the original Fire Station 1 in Stillwater, OK.  The imagery was created in 1954 by Dede Bachtler and has been the emblem of the program ever since.  The circular inscription marks the 80-year history of the program, being established in 1937.  Additionally, the inscription reflects the two core elements of the program, fire protection and safety engineering.

The obverse side of the coin is a quote from the first century B.C. Roman philosopher, Cicero.  This passage is inscribed above the bay doors of the Campus Fire Station (Station 2) and serves as a reminder of the selflessness that first responders embody.  Construction of the campus fire station was completed in 1939 with support from the Work Projects Act and is now on the National Registry of Historic Buildings.

For more information, visit fpst.okstate.edu.

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Challenge Coin of the Week: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Established in the summer of 1973, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) was formed as a joint merger of the Las Vegas Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department. The merger of the agencies allowed for improved efficiencies in jurisdiction, budgets, resources, administration, and police response/ service to the commUNITY. As a result of the efficiency in LVMPD’s operations, the department has earned prestigious accreditation from the law enforcement community, earning the “6 – Star Accreditation;” the gold standard in public safety. Most notably, the LVMPD eared the accreditation and reputation for its efficiencies while being one of the largest police agencies in the United States, with more than 5,000 employees & 2,700 sworn police officers who protect and serve more than two million citizens residing in more than 8,000 square miles. Additionally, the LVMPD is also recognized for its efficiencies in its organizational structure, having fewer managers and supervisors typically found in police departments of equal size.

Eight specialized units provides the organizational structure makeup of the agency. Each member of the units must complete 28 weeks of training provided by the LVMPD, which operates its own academy. In addition, the LVMPD operates two citizens police academies for non-sworn police officers. The Citizens Police Academies is one of 15 community programs the LVMPD provides to members of the commUNITY as a part of the agencies effort to maintain and establish its relationships with local citizens. OBS salutes LVMPD’s service to the commUNITY and protecting the citizens of Las Vegas.

ABOUT THE COIN.

The front of the coin features the official seal of the LVMPD, which is centered and containing the backdrop of the flag of the United States. The seal is a gold seven point star, which contains the image of the official seal of the city of Las Vegas. The outer circle of the City’s seal is a gold circle with blue engraved lettering “METROPOLITAN” arching the top of the circle, separated by two blue stars; and the engraving “POLICE” towards the bottom. The blue circle within the gold outer circle has the engraving “LAS VEGAS” arching the top of the blue inner circle, with the engraving “CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA” towards the bottom. The furthest outer circle of the coin is black with gold lettering. “JOSPEH LOMBARDO” the agency’s currently elected Sheriff and top executive arches the top of the coin, with “SHERIFF,” his official title, arched on the bottom.

The obverse side of the coin (not pictured) has a black backdrop. The outer circle of the coin has the printed, official title of the agency: “LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN” in gold lettering is arched on towards the top. The flags of the United States is placed on the left of the coin, and the official state flag of Nevada sits directly to the opposite side of the US flag on the left. Towards the bottom of the coin’s outer circle is the gold text reading “POLICE DEPARTMENT.” The center of the coin features the iconic and historic “WELCOME TO FABULOUS LAS VEGAS” sign with the vision of the LVMPD: “TO BE THE SAFEST COMMUNITY IN AMERICA” engraved in gold lettering directly below.

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