Patch Call

Patch Call

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The Astoria, Oregon, Police Department was instituted in 1879 and is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the western United States. The patch of its police department prominently depicts the Astoria Column, built in 1920 to commemorate the end of the railroad in the West. The column, which overlooks the city, is modeled after Trajan’s column in Rome. In the background is a section of the Astoria-Megler Bridge.

In the background of the Bartonville, Illinois, Police Department patch is an outline of the state with a star indicating Bartonville’s location. The rocket depicted on the left is the symbol of Limestone Community High School, whose art students designed the patch, while the steel ladle on the right represents the Keystone Steel and Wire Company. The large building at the bottom represents the Peoria State Mental Hospital, opened in 1902 and closed 70 years later.