Columbus police who are military veterans to receive service pins for their uniforms

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Later this month, Columbus Police Department military veterans will be issued service pins to wear on their uniform while on patrol.

The pins will display the branch of military service where the officers served, said Lt. Matt Harris. This new initiative was proposed by a CPD officer after attending a law enforcement conference in Tennessee earlier in the year. During the conference, the CPD officer spoke with a law enforcement officer from Ohio who mentioned that their department issues pins to officers who are veterans to recognize their service and to assist with crisis calls for service involving veterans.

“We are proud that 35% of our CPD officers are military veterans or are currently serving in our nation’s armed forces,” said Columbus Police Chief Michael Richardson. “These officers possess courage and discipline that they continue to utilize in their careers in law enforcement. We want to recognize their hard work and service to our country by issuing them service pins to wear proudly on their CPD uniform.”

An example of the military veteran pin that CPD officers will wear, which will be specialized to their branch of service. Photo provided

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