Hash marks

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  1. 05wrxfl

    05wrxfl 10-15 master

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    I'm putting together a proposal for policy on hash marks as we don't have one. We have guys that have tracks going up their sleeves and non matching colors. Any info on what your departments have in place or ideas would be a big help. Thanks for any thing you can provide.
     
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    Every 4 years, a hash. They have to be yellow.
     

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    Some departments use them for 5 year marks, same color as the stripe on the pants.
     
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    Before we switched to a service pin, we had a star for each 5 year increment. They were worn vertically on the sleeve at the wrsits of our long sleeve shirts. They were yellow on navy.
     
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    We do years of service bars, no hashes/stars
     
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    Narc1911 Anchora Salutis

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    We do every three years and they match the color scheme of our patches.
     
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    Holy crap. Every two years??

    Ours are every 5 and match the Sergeant stripes in color. Navy with silver border.
     
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    Narc1911 Anchora Salutis

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    I just remembered they are actually every 3 years, but still fairly often. My uniforms sit lonely in the locker and I rarely see them.
     
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    A gold star for every five years worn on the left sleeve of the dress coat only. (Federal) Nothing to denote longevity on the uniform shirt sleeves.
     
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    You can tell how long people have been on here by how worn out their leather gear is...... much simpler.
     
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    We get a service star every four.

    long sleeve shirts either have the stars stitched to the right sleeve on long sleeve shirts, or pin on stars above the right pocket.

    Short sleeve shirts use the pin on stars.
     
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    My agency does a hash for the first two years service completed. Then we get a second hash at the four year mark. At five years the hash marks come off and we go to a star, with an additional star for every 5 years added service.

    The hashes and stars are gold, which match the patches on our uniform.

    We place the hashes/stars 1 1/2" above the shirt sleeve cuff. Since we wear long sleeves year round our service insignia is always identifiable.
     
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    Long sleeves year round, I cannot imagine.
     
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    The shirts are a wool blend. They feel terrible in the heat and humidity around here, Chief.

    But like anything else, you get used to it.
     
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    Five-point stars on above the left sleeve cuff; one star for every five years. Up to three stars, they are in a horizontal row. The fourth through sixth stars go in the next row and so forth.
     
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    Personally, I think indicators of seniority are a bad idea for patrol officers. It may cause a subject you are dealing with to defer to the "senior" officer for answers, regardless of his involvement with the call. I feel the same way about FTO bars.

    All that is fine for a uniform, but if you're on duty, ditch the pretty stuff.
     
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    Most people are clueless.

    We have FTO pins that look like nothing. It's a circular pin, with a municipal crest. Everyone who works here knows what it is. No one else would.

    Plus, all the "flair" for us is optional. So you can have a slick sleeve with a whole lot of time in, and someone with one hash standing next to one another. It doesn't get noticed that often.

    OTOH, probationary employess wear no rank insiginia. Non-probationary employees wear collar brass, sometimes that gets noticed.
     
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    South Fla ©South Fla 2019

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    The department I worked for wore long-sleeved shirts and ties all year around in Florida up until the early '00's. Some of them still do, depending on which assignment they are assigned to. At least they were white and a cotton blend.

    Every 5 years, a gold star surrounded by a gold circle on a green background.
    Then a gold on green hash mark every year up to 4 then you get another star worn on the left sleeve.
     
  20. OLY-M4gery

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    Wow, was it a program to keep local tailors in business?

    Funny, we have people try to wear short sleeves year round up here.