DPD Challenge Coin
Policy Statement / Purpose
The purpose of the Challenge Coin is to instill camaraderie, pride, and a sense of unity, and a connection to the department. The coin reminds us that we are not alone in this endeavor to enforce the law. It also serves as a reminder to each member of the department that other members are supporting each one of us, both on duty and off-duty, through the good times, difficulties and sometimes tragedy that we all face in our lives and in our chosen profession. We hope to create a tradition to show our respect for our profession and for all of those who have served the City of Dayton Police Department before us. Therefore the holder should keep the coin with respect and honor by continuing to uphold the values of commitment to our community, courage to face dangerous situations and with compassion to those in need.
Our Challenge Coin
Our Department challenge coin contains the State of Texas Flag colored in red, white, and blue with the Texas Star. Over which the Dayton Police Department patch including the City Seal rests. It is surrounded by a band that is black in color, which includes the words Dayton Police Department, Texas and a total of six stars that are silver in color. The back of the coin has the Dayton Police Department Badge set upon a United states Flag and is surrounded by a band that is also black in color, inscribed with “In God We Trust” at the top of the coin The inscriptions are silver in color. Included are two Olive branches, just like the Texas state Seal appearing on the back to signify peace.
What it means:
The front of the Challenge Coin: The silver lettering of the words “Dayton Police Department” states boldly and proudly who we are. The six stars represent the six flags that have flown over Texas they are Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States of America, and the United States of America. Texas became an Independent Republic in 1835, and then in 1845 Texans voted to become the 28th State, and the proudest member of the “United States of America”. The State of Texas Flag colored in red, white, and blue and the lone Star, announces to all that we are patriotic Texans. The Department Patch with the Bald Eagle displays proudly the Cities history through the City Seal contained within the patch, along with the motto to Protect and Serve,
Located on the other side of the coin, is the United States of America Flag and the Dayton Police Department Police Badge, we start with the “Badge”, as stated we are Police Officers, It represents who we are and the people we protect and serve; our communities, the government and ultimately every cop who has ever worn the badge. It’s those who have performed the duties of a police officer and have sweat and fought, been bloodied, cried, and sometimes died upholding the honor behind that badge.
The American Flag: for more than 200 years, the American flag has been the symbol of our nation's strength and unity. It's been a source of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens. And the American Flag has been a prominent icon in our national history.
Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies; the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
Next the coin is surrounded by a black colored band with the words “In God We Trust” and can be found on all coins issued by the United States Mint
Our forefathers wished to remind each of us, that our foundation and prosperity as a Nation and as individuals should be based upon our trust, belief and faith in God,
The “Olive Branch” “The Great Seal of Peace” Not only does it emphasize the power of peace, but the Great Seal itself was born out of the desire for peace.
In the spring of 1782, there was an urgency to finalize the Great Seal (whose design process had begun six years earlier on July 4, 1776). The United States of America had won their long battle for Independence, and Britain was ready to recognize and treat them as a sovereign nation. A national seal would soon be needed to ratify the peace treaty
Although the Nation is at Peace, here are some stats from the 2011 FBI’s Uniformed Crime reports to show us what we will still be fighting for,
There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever.
According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes occurred nationwide in 2011
- Crime fighting has taken its toll. Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been over 19,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Currently, there are 19,981 + names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
- A total of 1,539 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 57 hours or 154 per year. There were 120 law enforcement officers killed in 2012
- On average, over the last decade, there have been 58,261 assaults against law enforcement each year, resulting in 15,658 injuries.
- The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America
- New York City has lost more officers in the line of duty than any other department, with 697 deaths. Texas has lost 1,653 officers, more than any other state. The state with the fewest deaths is Vermont, with 22.
Let these sobering statistics act as a warning to every officer. And let our “Challenge Coin” act as a reminder. Dealing with criminal suspects is the most dangerous activity that we as officers will ever do in our law enforcement career. Never forget that your life and the lives of others depend on it.