The Renton Police Department unveiled a new badge design yesterday in coordination with an updated statement of their core values. The new badges reflect their dedication to the updated values, which have a strong focus on protecting the honor, dignity, and physical well-being of all the citizens of Renton with valor and courage.
I like the new badges and the newly stated core values. I appreciate our highly capable police department continuing to recalibrate for the times.
I also know that former Mayor Jesse Tanner would have been extremely proud of the use of the image of City Hall in the logo. Jesse oversaw a great many public works projects in our city (the Landing, the Piazza park and pavilion building downtown, the aquatic center, fire stations, and others) but the one he was most proud of was the deal he had put together to build Renton City Hall. The building that became city hall was vacant and for-sale in a depressed office market when Jesse Tanner asked council to buy it. We then remodeled it, and rebuilt the front facade (with the steps, ramps, and flag pavilion), to create a beautiful and functional city hall building at about half the cost of building it from scratch.) Mayor Tanner’s dedication to this project was why we placed his memorial bench at the location that would give you the point of view seen on the police badges. (Click here to see the photos).
Here is the complete press release:
April 9, 2010
Renton Police Department Unveils New Badge and Announces Core Values
On April 16, 2010, the Renton Police Department will retire the badge worn by officers for the past 54 years and Police personnel will don new badges. “The new badge, which symbolizes the progressive changes within the Police Department, is engraved with a depiction of City Hall. This image illustrates the strength of the Renton community and the Police Department’s dedication to serving the citizens of Renton,” said Chief Kevin Milosevich.
Renton Police Department personnel take great pride in serving the Renton community. As the people entrusted to promote safety and to prevent crime, we have updated our statement of core values to better reflect the Department’s dedication and commitment to the citizens of Renton.
The Renton Police Department:
· Maintains integrity by honoring the trust citizens place in us.
· Provides service by partnering with the community to ensure the highest quality of life.
· Displays valor by acting with courage in the face of adversity and danger.
· Exhibits professionalism by treating all people with dignity and fairness.
In recent years the City has experienced tremendous growth. The Renton Police Department, a nationally recognized and regional leader in providing comprehensive law enforcement services, is keeping pace with these changes. In 2009, members from all divisions of the Police Department created the Renton Police Department Strategic Plan for 2009-2014. The top priorities include improving the quality of life in neighborhoods, increasing community outreach and education, and maintaining a diverse, well qualified and effective Police Department.
Police commitment to the citizens of Renton includes the development of several programs in recent years:
* The redesign and implementation of our Special Operations Division.
* The addition of traffic calming devices including school zone and red light cameras.
* Emphasis patrols in the downtown core.
* Re-introduction of School Resource Officers to Renton schools.
These and other Police programs are facilitating the Department’s goal of improving the quality of life of those who live, work, and play in the City.
Community Programs Coordinator / Public Information Officer
Renton Police Department