Name, rank and Harley logo? Utah PD motor officer badges are a first

Publish Date: 
May 5, 2014

OGDEN, Utah – It’s a first for law enforcement and for Harley-Davidson: the Motor Co. has partnered with the Weber County Sheriff's Office to offer motor officers a badge that includes the Harley-Davidson logo along with the standard officer and agency information.

The badges are optional and only available to officers assigned to the motor squad, who pay for the specialty badges themselves and may only wear them while on duty with the motor squad. The badges have the H-D logo along with officer's name, rank, the name of the agency and a symbolic winged insignia.

"I loved the idea of being the first sheriff's office in the nation," Terry Thompson told the Standard-Examiner at the Weber County Sheriff's Complex, where motors officers Cpl. Nealy Adams, Deputy Todd Christensen and Deputy Matt Nelson sported their badges. About 10 officers regularly use the department's four Harley-Davidson Electra Glides that were bought last year.

The badges became a reality just four months after jewelry manufacturer Symbol Arts, of Ogden, suggested it. The company makes dog tags and commemorative challenge coins for the Motor Co.

A major part of Symbol Arts' business is working with public safety and law enforcement agencies across the country.

Police insignia, especially in motorcycle units, frequently features wings or wheels to signify swiftness or mobility.

"This badge is really for the Harley-Davidson officer enthusiast," Thompson said. "It gives a new sense of excitement when it's pinned on your uniform."

Posted by Holly Wagner. Press image courtesy Symbol Arts