Uniform patches come in all shapes and sizes, but none are as immediately recognizable as the patches gracing the shoulders of police uniforms. Conveying a lot of information in a small space, these patches have become ubiquitous among police departments all across the country. Their state seals and classic designs denote strength and pride. If your department doesn’t have its own set of custom
From beat cops to SWAT team members, uniformed officers at all levels benefit from custom police patches. These police uniform patches are often the perfect piece to pull a uniform together, and they’re also the perfect way to symbolize the camaraderie of your team.
When designing a police uniform patch, there are a few important things to keep in mind. These patches are often worn on the shoulder of every uniformed officer in your precinct. What do you want them to say about your officers, and what are some of the easy ways to convey that message? Luckily, for anyone looking for a classic and clean cut look to their police patches, there’s a long history to pull design ideas from.
Most general police department patches tend to follow the same general design cues. Often shaped like shields, these police badge patches feature the state seal and the name of the police department in question. Things like colors and the orientation of the text change from department to department, but the overall look of the patches themselves rarely change much.
A lot of the changes and custom designs come from special unit patches. While everyone might wear the same department uniform patch, the officers in SWAT or the K9 unit will invariably have their own custom patches to show off their bond. These special unit patches often take on any shape you can imagine. K9 unit patches shaped like an officer’s best friend, or SWAT patches featuring some of the equipment these officers use are common sights.
Are Custom Embroidered Uniform Patches Your Best Choice
Another thing most police patches have in common is the type of patch most often ordered. Law enforcement patches are far more likely to be embroidered patches than any other type. Whether the patches make use of our 75% thread coverage option or the 100% coverage is dependant on the department ordering them, but for most precincts, embroidered is the way to go. But what are some situations in which a different option might be better?
For patrol officers more likely to find themselves spending a lot of time outside in harsh weather, our custom police PVC patches might be a preferable alternative. The PVC material we use to create these patches is waterproof and weather resistant in cold temperatures, making them the perfect option for officers up north.
Units intending to make use of a design with a lot of small details might want to turn to woven or heat transfer patches. A thinner thread and smaller mesh weave allows woven patches to capture significantly more detail than embroidered patches can handle. Taking things a step farther, photo patches (or heat transfer patches) don’t use any thread to capture their designs at all. Through a process called dye-sublimation, these patches have an image or artwork transferred directly into the fabric for an unparalleled amount of detail.
Custom embroidered patches are the standard for state police patches. They carry a classic look and feel, and for conveying strength and pride, they can’t be beat. But that doesn’t have to mean that they’re the only option available. If your unit faces distinct and specific challenges, a more distinct and specific patch type might be in order.
Attaching Your Custom State Police Patches
Not all police patch designs are intended to be used on police uniforms. Police vest patches, for example, are intended to be used on tactical gear only. Patches also make great gifts and excellent fundraising items. Precincts often design special limited edition patches to sell to the public to raise money either for their unit or for a special cause. The patches are a great way for the citizens they protect to show off their support and pride in their officers. But one important consideration when designing patches meant to be sold to the public is how the patches should be attached.
We offer a number of different attachment options for our law enforcement patches. Some of the simpler options include safety pins and tuxedo clips as a way to temporarily attach a patch to any piece of clothing. We also offer magnetic attachments for those uninterested in poking holes in their clothes, but these are all temporary options.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution to the patch attachment question, our police iron on patches are a great way to go. The iron on attachment option is the best option for someone looking to create patches with a permanent attachment option that anyone can expertly adhere to any article of clothing. It doesn’t require any special skills or knowledge, and the supplies needed to get the patch in place are things any household is likely to have.
Police hook and loop patches are another easy option, and they make up a large portion of the police morale patches that we sell. For creating patches to sell to the public, however, you should keep in mind that the average shirt or jacket isn’t likely to have a pre-attached section of the soft loop attachment. This means most people will need to sew the soft loop fabric into place after they get their patch. If this is something you think your officers or customers would be interested in, we offer detailed instructions on how to attach each of our patch types.
Ordering Patches From the Best Patch Maker Online
To order your custom police patches, fill out a quote request form found anywhere on our website. The quote request form gives you the ability to give us all of the information we need to get started on your order, including a place to upload any reference artwork.
From there, it’s only 24 business hours until our artists will get back to you with your first free proof of artwork. We offer free unlimited revisions, so you don’t have to worry about spending a dime until you’re completely certain that the patch you’re seeing is the one you want to order. When you’re happy with your patch design, place your order and receive your patches in 14 days or fewer.
Contact us today and see for yourself why Signature Patches is the number one patch maker on the market.