Seattle police ordered to keep badge numbers visible when wearing mourning bands

Jun 5 2020, 10:38 am

After numerous concerns about the Seattle Police Department covering up badge numbers, Police Chief Carmen Best issued a statement regarding changes to the band policy on Thursday.

She explained that while some of the public believes that covering badges are a way for officers to hide their identity, the mourning bands instead “have deep meaning in law enforcement and are a long-standing way of honoring those who are killed in the line of duty.”

Cheif Best is allowing police officers to continue wearing the black mourning bands on their badges but is requiring them to fully display badge numbers.

Here’s how the mourning badges can be placed:

Police Badges

Police badges

Seattle Police Department

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