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New Dubuque police uniform patch symbolizes city history

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The department's original patch, from 1962 The department's original patch, from 1962
The department's second patch, from 1975 The department's second patch, from 1975
The department's new patch, in honor of its 175th anniversary The department's new patch, in honor of its 175th anniversary
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

This week, the Dubuque Police Department formally unveiled its new uniform patch. This is the third patch in the department's 175-year history.

The first patch came about in 1962. Before then, police officers sported no patch on their uniforms.

The department updated that patch in 1975 to one modeled after the San Francisco Police Department's patch.

With the department celebrating its 175th anniversary, it decided to create a patch more specific to Dubuque.

This effort is one of many projects the department's new historical committee has been working on. Officers submitted approximately 25 patch designs, and a vote selected the ultimate pick.

The new patch incorporates the US and Iowa flags, plus Dubuque icons the fleur-de-lis and phrase, "Masterpiece on the Mississippi."

The fleur-de-lis represents the city's founder, French man Julien Dubuque, and also stands for the city's unity and pride, a media release from the department said.

To learn more about Dubuque Police Department history and the activities of its historical committee, click HERE.

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