History of the policehat badges

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As is so often the case in the history of uniforms, the police have their ancestor in the history of Prussia. It begins here on January 17, 1701. On this day, Frederick I, the Elector of Brandenburg, founded the Medal of the Black Eagle with the inscription Suum Cuique, H. To each his own. It is the short form of the personal motto of Frederick I: Justice is recognized by the fact that it gives everyone its own. This medal was worn as a Collane or a blue-cut Maltese Cross on a sash, also as eight-beamed bretters. The police officers go back on these brethren. Before and within the Silesian wars Frederick II, later called Frederick the Great, ordered the formation of the field corps on horseback. The selection for this field hunter corps was usually made for forestry officers, because they were in a special loyalty relationship with the king and could handle the "barrel with a drawn barrel". On February 6, 1741, Frederick II gave the "Gardestern" to the horseman, the Feldjägercorps, for special merit. After the end of the wars in 1763, Prussia was virtually bankrupt and had to dismiss a large number of servants. A large proportion of the field hunters could no longer be taken over into the forestry service and were thus accommodated in the then country courier. At the same time, the former field hunters retained the garnish star as a shielding badge as identification marks.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Quelle: Wikipedia

The star (Gardestern). The first police units, which carried the star as an additional helmet, was the Prussian gendarmerie. Around 1781/82, the Berlin police were uniformly uniformed for the first time and the various levels of service were also shown. The head covering was decorated with the Prussian eagle in a reduced form of the Gardestern

The star. Modified by the Gardestern, the star badge is worn on today's German police cap.


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6-pointed star. The variant of US Sheriffs, here the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office. Also available as a 5-, 6- or 7-pointed star in use.


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