OUR INSIGNIAS

SBA Uniform & Symbols: A Tribute To Pride, Commitment And Dedication

Patrol Uniform

Summer Class & Winter Class
8 point cap with gold device and chinstrap
Short Sleeve Shirt (no tie) or Long Sleeve Shirt & Tie
Hash Marks on left sleeve of long sleeve shirt or duty jacket (1 hash mark for each 5 years of service)
Duty trousers
Black shoes or Black boots (optional)
Duty belt

Administrative Uniform

No cap
Short Sleeve Shirt (no tie) or Long Sleeve Shirt & Tie
Hash Marks on left sleeve of long sleeve shirt or duty jacket (1 hash mark for each 5 years of service)
V-neck Sweater (optional)
Duty trousers
Duty belt (optional)
Black shoes

Dress Uniform

Summer Class & Winter Class
To be worn for ceremonies, promotions, funerals, etc.
8 point cap with gold device and chinstrap
Summer Blouse or Winter Coat
Long Sleeve Shirt & Tie
Hash Marks on left sleeve of shirt (1 hash mark for each 5 years of service)
Dress Trousers
Duty Belt (optional)
Shiny High Gloss Shoes
White Gloves

A white shirt will be worn by uniformed members attending the funeral of a member assigned to the same command.

Medals

Medal of Honor

Presented to members for individual acts of extraordinary bravery intelligently performed in the line of duty at imminent and personal danger to life.

Distinguished Service Medal

Conferred upon the family of members who succumbed to illness associated with exceptional duty, performed with great responsibility under unusual hazard or demand to the City of New York.

Breast Bars

Medal of Honor

Presented to members for individual acts of extraordinary bravery intelligently performed in the line of duty at imminent and personal danger to life.

Police Combat Cross

A solid green bar presented to members who have successfully and intelligently performed an act of extraordinary heroism while engaged in personal combat with an armed adversary.

Medal for Valor

A solid blue bar awarded for acts of outstanding personal bravery intelligently performed in the line of duty at imminent personal hazard to life.

Exceptional Merit

Awarded for an act of bravery intelligently performed involving personal risk to life.

Commendation or Commendation – Integrity

Awarded for grave personal injury in the line of duty or a highly credible unusual police accomplishment.

Commendation – Community Service

Awarded for an act which demonstrates devotion to community service or an idea implemented that improves conditions within the community.

Meritorious Police Duty (MPD)

Awarded for an act of intelligent and valuable police service demonstrating special faithfulness or perseverance or highly credible acts of police service over a period of time.

Excellent Police Duty (EPD)

Awarded for an intelligent act materially contributing to a valuable accomplishment or submission of a device or method adopted to increase efficiency in an administrative or tactical procedure.

Shoulder Patch

The symbol in the center of the Shoulder Patch is Fidelis Ad Mortem, Translated from Latin = Faithful Until Death. The patch was presented by a grateful citizenry in 1872 after years of civil unrest.

Sergeant’s Chevron

The Sergeant’s Chevron is the Latin symbol for One Who Serves.

Gold Buttons/Braided Uniformed/Dress Pants

Gold Buttons and Braided Pants reflect the paramilitary structure of the NYPD. Both symbols have multiple meanings in the military, all relating to duty, honor, heroism and sacrifice.

Service Stripe/Hash Mark

Each service stripe or hash mark, which is worn on the right sleeve, represents 5 years of dutiful service and reflect the paramilitary structure of the NYPD.