Patch Call

Patch Call


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.


August 2012 LEB portlet

Table of Contents

Back to the Cover

False Allegations of Adult Crimes
Investigators should learn to detect these offenses, which waste law enforcement resources and impact communities.
By James McNamara and Jennifer Lawrence

Leadership Spotlight
Falling Prey to Posturing

Redefining Police Power

ViCAP Alert
Sexual Assault Case

Research Forum
The Attitudes of Police Managers Toward Intelligence-Led Policing

Bulletin Alert
Deployment of Spike Strips

Notable Speech

Qualified Immunity
This doctrine provides important legal protections for officers in the performance of their duties.
By Richard G. Schott

Bulletin Notes

Patch Call

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