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Renton Police Department Unveils New Badge and Announces Core Values

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:

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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.

Terri Vickers
Community Programs Coordinator / Public Information Officer
Renton Police Department

14 Comments

  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 10, 2010    

    Can we fire people in city hall that waste their time redesigning badges and coming up with “progressive” core values and use the money saved to hire more police officers? Less chiefs and more indians please.

  2. April 10, 2010    

    It looks like Hannibal Lector is hiding behind George Washington’s face.

    • Anonymous Anonymous
      April 11, 2010    

      It is the illusion of Hannibal you see. Dont sweat the costs though. Turn the badge over and it is probably clearly stamped “Made in China” Who else would be capable of such high quality craftsmanship?

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 10, 2010    

    Could the expanded red light camera program focus on the intersection of Duvall & Sunset? I don’t know how many times I’ve almost been whacked while out on a walk with my daughter by people thinking they don’t need to stop on a red light before turning right. It’s dangerous and just waiting for someone to get hurt — or worse.

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 11, 2010    

    Randy, what are the costs involved with this? We are talking over 140+ badges. The city should be looking out for the tax payers. This will not make any difference in the service. I honestly can’t believe that this is happening. Who is the one responsible for this waste of money? This is typical of the way that government wastes the tax payers money. I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but taxes are going up and revenues are decreasing. Someone needs to pull their head out of their backside.

  5. April 11, 2010    

    The badge looks great. Even with the questionable picture of George Washington. While there may have been money available for such expenditure was this the right time to make this move? Visibility is 99 percent of expenditures, imagined or not.

    • Anonymous Anonymous
      April 12, 2010    

      Why a new badge?

      Was something wrong with the ‘old’ badges? Did Renton come into a windfall of money to pay for these (this is easily $10,000). Does RPD get a new badge in 54 years if City Hall moves again? Does this new badge give better service to residents? Does it make the police feel better about themselves so they work harder? What’s next? Paint the police cars black and white or yellow and gold? Change the uniform style and color to black or purple? Why not buy a bigger Incident Command Vehicle for all the major crimes in Renton…

      This clearly and unmistakably seems that whoever thought of this idea, has no idea that the money to pay for it comes from Renton tax dollars. I’m sure that is not a big deal if that person doesn’t even live in Renton.

      How many more great ideas are coming. This is just about as smart as the surveys given to the jail inmates on the service they received.

      • Anonymous Anonymous
        April 12, 2010    

        Re: Why a new badge?

        And also, it’s not a pretty badge…

        • Anonymous Anonymous
          April 13, 2010    

          Re: Why a new badge?

          Are these the new ones that have the quick disconnect on the back so that when you get a collar you can shove it in the face of the perp to leave them quivering in their shoes?

          • Anonymous Anonymous
            April 13, 2010    

            Re: Why a new badge?

            Nothing gives bad guys more fear than having an poorly drawn seven story office building shoved in their face. That bad perspective of the building and the stairs is truly a horror.

          • Anonymous Anonymous
            April 14, 2010    

            Re: Why a new badge?

            The poor police officers in the past 54 years just got stepped on.

            200 badges are being handed out? Sounds like a lib thing to me. Tell people what you want them to believe something is different when it’s all the same is a scam. Cops have done the same job for years. Seems every few years someone comes out with another buzz word to appease the masses. The change comes from within folks. Be fiscally responsible I say.

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 14, 2010    

    Flushing money away

    Here’s something for Renton citizens to consider about this new badge issue. We are not only talking about the costs of new badges, but several other things that will add up to spending more money. From what I understand, all uniform patches will be replaced. Officers, jailers, specialists, etc, have multiple uniforms. I heard that coffee cups are on order. Now there’s a must! Are the cars and equipment going to get new markings also? Are the dept letterheads going to need to be replaced? These are just the things that come to mind, I am sure I am leaving out several others. I would love to know what the final costs to the taxpayers of Renton are when all is said and done. I will find out eventually. The citizens should be questioning these type of expenditures. Is it really a necessary use of tax dollars? How does it benefit the citizens in any way? I’ll answer that, it doesn’t. We are facing some bad economic times, yet government continues to spend recklessly. How many citizens out there think that this money could be spent on something better?

    • Anonymous Anonymous
      April 22, 2010    

      Re: Flushing money away

      It’s not just one badge per employee that is being replaced. Each officer is also getting AN ADDITIONAL BADGE, so it is TWO BADGES EACH that have ALREADY BEEN PURCHASED. You have absolutely positively be kidding me.

      Randy, how much did this cost for the badges? What are the collateral costs of time of designing the badges, time for physically retrieving ‘old’ badges with new badges, and how much cost for everything other item like “patches” and trinkets with RPD logos will be PAID FOR BY RENTON CITIZENS? I don’t see the police officers paying for their badges-WE ARE.

      Everyone knows government wastes money, but at least those expenditures are quietly hidden away from public view (doesn’t make it right). In this economy, a purchase that does NOTHING to enhance public safety or public service or increase quality of service is wasteful. Shame on the %&#$# that thought this was a good idea. Shame on the *^*^_# that approved the money to blow on it.

      • Anonymous Anonymous
        April 29, 2010    

        Re: Flushing money away

        This spending of money is about as bad as taking a government paid vacation, I mean work conference, to Australia…

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