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10-16-09, 01:50 PM
I have a question. I have always tried to send requests to other police services throughout the world via email, with limited to neg results.
I'm wondering if written requests through the mail are more appropriate yeilding more positive results?
Is there any tricks of the trade anyone uses such as including your request on company letterhead or including your business card?
If anyone has any ideas it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks and play safe
10-16-09, 03:56 PM
well first of all who are you? what do you do for work ?
police department will not accept email patch requests you must but it in writen request and signed by you .and have a contact # . somes times you must be on the job. anyone can send a email requesting a patch thats why you must send .
10-16-09, 04:44 PM
For info about me see see "greeting from a new collector"
I work for the York Regional Police in Ontario Canada.....
10-17-09, 01:21 AM
most PD's have a "no patch request via e-mail" note on their homepages.
You'll have most success when you send a letter on department letterhead so the dept. can see that you're "in the force".
Some depts send patches to sworn LEO's for free. Google.com will be your friend to find them. I'll PM you with a few I know:wink:
FWIW, patch requests, even from other officers can be a real pain to deal with.
In California, the State Constitution prohibits making a gift of public funds or of things purchased with public funds, so as a matter of very obscure law, public agencies aren't allowed to give their patches away. I suspect other states have similar provisions.
My own department is very large and we get around 2,000 patch requests each year. Our patches cost $4.39 each, so, giving away 2,000 of them would costs us $8,780 not including postage, packaging and manpower, which we cannot afford out of our budget. Similarly, sending 2,000 replies explaining why we cannot give someone a patch would cost us $880 in postage, not to mention the cost of envelopes, paper, and manpower necessary to prepare the letters. Again, these are budget resources we are not willing to devote to someone's hobby.
Granted a smaller agency does not get as many patch requests, but their resources are very limited making the burden on them just as difficult.