In an ongoing effort to change the image of the Flandreau Police Department, an image that was marred by an investigation that saw the resignation of three officers including the Sergeant and Police Chief, has resulted in a brand new Department Patch that can seen on the Officer’s uniform sleeves.
Ever since Jim Morey took over as the new Police Chief in May, he has made an increased effort in trying to alter the perception of the Department; the new Department Patch is just one small step towards that goal.
“I believe this helps change the image of the Police Department,” Morey stated.
The new patch, which can be seen above, showcases an eagle with its wings, made up of the United States flag and the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal flag, draped over to symbolize the Police Department encompassing the City and Tribe.
The new patch, which was designed by Officer Seth Bonnema, also shows a change in the order of the medicine wheel. On the old patch the colors went yellow, red, black, and white where as the new patch has black, red, white, then yellow. Morey says that the change makes the wheel more accurate.
After the design was completed, Morey met with members of the City and Tribal Councils where they both Okayed the design of the new patch.
The Police Department started wearing the new patches on the 15th of July, but they will continue to use the old design on the Police vehicles.
Dedication plaques for the two patches can be found inside the Police Department.