When Upper Macungie's new police department goes into service on New Year's Eve, its officers will be sporting a specially designed patch on their uniforms that is symbolic in shape, color and image.
According to information provided by Upper Macungie Police Chief Edgardo A. Colón, the uniform patch has the following meanings:
* Its Shape
A shield to signify protection of the public.
* Its Color
(Calming) French blue, symbolic of police
* Its Images
-- The center has the seal of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and within it, a ship under full sail, a plow and three sheaves of wheat to symbolize the importance of commerce, labor, perseverance and agriculture. On top of the shield an eagle symbolizes the state's sovereignty.
-- A barn and farm fields represent Upper Macungie's rich agricultural history and its commitment to open space, parks and recreation.
-- An eagle represents American patriotism and the noble police officers who serve and act in citizens' best interests.
* Its Wording
"Committed to Serve" is a founding principle of the new police department, mandating its officers to demonstrate that department mission.
The new police department -- 28 officers in all -- will begin service at 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve. New officers will be sworn into duty Dec. 28 in two ceremonies at the township municipal building.