LAPD Encourages Show of Support for Nation and Armed Forces Personnel – UPDATE

October 19, 2001

Los Angeles: Since the horrible acts of terrorism on September 11, 2001, the Los Angeles Police Department, along with the entire nation, has experienced loss, grief, anger and a sense of national unity. Each of us has searched for an expression of support for our country and the men and women who serve in the armed forces. As a Department, we believe a unified display is the most effective way to show our support while maintaining our high standard of professionalism.
Therefore, the following symbolic gestures have been approved for Department personnel to support the nation and our troops around the world:

The "DARE America" American Flag pin has been approved for officers to wear on their uniform shirt and will be the single uniform item allowed.

A United States of America flag insignia has been applied to the Department’s fleet of black and white vehicles.

The Department remains committed to safeguarding the City of Los Angeles and to combating the fear and incidence of crime in Los Angeles. Our commitment to the community is to do so with the pride and professionalism that have been the enduring trademarks of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Due to the overwhelming desire of our employees to display their support, compassion and patriotism for the victims of our recent national tragedy and our military personnel, the Department has decided to issue a commemorative pin to all civilian and sworn personnel as soon as it can be produced and released by the manufacturer.
All employees will have the option of wearing the currently authorized DARE America pin or the commemorative pin. Either pin is to be worn on the uniform right breast pocket flap.
For further information contact Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586. This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee.