California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 20

research directly benefiting City patches was not made mandatory, our police officers and of Hope, and our community has employees readily agreed to support the cause. So that come together for one common there was ultimately no expense to the community, our goal. We also educated our officers and staff agreed to purchase the patches on their community about the importance own and to pay to have them installed on their uniforms. of regular breast exams and early The design of our pink patches mirrors that of our breast cancer treatment through regular shoulder patches, complete with our city logo and a discussion with one of our department name. The pink version however has bright officers about the color of his or pink embroidery and stitching, and at the suggestion of one her patch. of our officers, two small pink crossed breast cancer ribbons My story is Dorothy. Chief were embroidered onto the patch next to our city name. Miranda has his own story We contacted our patch provider, Emblem Authority, and Record’s Clerk Ortiz has who designed and produced the patches for us at a hers, as does every member reduced cost, allowing the patches to be affordably of our department. Our purchased by our officers. To help offset the expense of #PinkPatchProject gave us the opportunity to bring all replacing our uniform patches on our existing uniforms, of our stories together and do something special for the our local uniform supply store, Keystone Uniforms community. in Covina, offered to sew on the pink patches for our We made changes to our uniform patches for one officers at a greatly reduced rate. They also offered to month, we stimulated some conversations within the re-sew our regular uniform patches back on our uniforms community about breast cancer awareness and we made a at the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at no little money for a worthy cause. In the end, I am confident cost. It was through these initial partnerships that the that our team impacted someone’s lif K