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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