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Ohio University Police Chief Andrew D. Powers welcomes family members to the Ohio University Police Department Badge Pinning and Employee Recognition Ceremony on March 27. The department replaced their badges with a new design that makes them more reflective of the Ohio University community.

Ohio University Police Chief Andrew D. Powers welcomes family members to the Ohio University Police Department Badge Pinning and Employee Recognition Ceremony on March 27.

Photographer: Jonathan Adams

Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born speaks to the crowd of family members and friends at OUPD's Badge Pinning ceremony.

Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born speaks to the crowd of family members and friends at OUPD's Badge Pinning ceremony.

Photographer: Jonathan Adams

OUPD officer Justin Boggs is pinned with his new badge by his wife Tari while he holds their newborn daughter, Carleigh Mae Boggs.

OUPD officer Justin Boggs is pinned with his new badge by his wife Tari while he holds their newborn daughter, Carleigh Mae Boggs.

Photographer: Jonathan Adams

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OUPD holds first badge pinning ceremony

Newly designed badge unveiled


Smiles filled the room as 26 officers from the Ohio University Police Department received their new badges Wednesday evening.

Community leaders, law enforcement, and their family and friends joined OUPD in Baker University's Grand Ballroom for the first badge pinning and employee recognition ceremony.

“Many police departments hold ceremonies to allow their officers' loved ones to pin their badges on, but that has not been a tradition here at OUPD,” said OUPD Chief Andrew Powers. “Hopefully tonight has changed that and we can make this an annual celebration to recognize new officers, promotions, retirements, and other departmental accomplishments.”

The ceremony kicked off with the presentation of colors by OHIO's Army ROTC, followed by the National Anthem, performed by the Singing Men of Ohio.

“It takes a special person to be a university police officer and these are a unique group of individuals who do an outstanding job day in and day out,” said OHIO Vice President Stephen T. Golding.

One-by-one, officers were brought on stage and pinned by their loved ones. The new badge represents not only OUPD, but also the entire campus community. Officers' badges are worn on the left side — over the heart — to represent the pledge officers make to serve and protect the public.

The idea to design a new badge started two years ago when a decision was made to replace the old badge with a custom badge. “One of the goals of the new badge is to incorporate themes that are unique to our community and department,” Powers said.

Powers called the new design a team effort that symbolizes the past and the future. He also said it represents trust and partnership, both within the department and the community.

Wednesday’s ceremony in Baker Center allowed officers to meet and celebrate something positive, rather than coming together for a crisis.“What better way to celebrate the new badge than with friends and family,” Powers said during the event.

Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born served as the keynote speaker and said he feels ceremonies are important because they are a way to show honor and recognize the commitment officers have made.

“People who join law enforcement do it for the people to their right and left,” Born said. “Without these men and women representing our community and instilling order, Ohio University would not be the same place.”

At the conclusion of the event, light refreshments were served and pictures were taken.