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Police patches from around NHFor police officers, the patches they wear on their uniforms are a symbol of civic pride, says Sandwich Police Chief Douglas F. Wyman Jr.
Features: Space capsule over the surface of the moon, with Earth in the distance. Significance: Honors Derry native Alan B. Shepard Jr., America's first man in space, who flew aboard Freedom 7 in 1961 and landed on the moon on Apollo 14 in 1971. "Derry is proud of her native son, and this is one of the many ways in which we show the pride we take in him and his accomplishments." – Chief Edward B. Garone
Features: Amherst Congregational Church steeple, set against rolling hills with a setting sun. Significance: The sun represents the words of Amherst native Horace Greeley: "Go West, young man." The patch "was designed in the 1970s to be unique to Amherst (and) help reflect the colonial history of the town." – Chief Mark O. Reams
Features and significance: The department patch represents all three jobs that the town's public safety officers perform. "All of our members are police officers, firefighters and EMTs. We are the only full-time public safety agency in New England." – Chief David C. Noyes
Features: Symbols of the town, including the 1906 town hall, the town's "traffic dummy" and lilacs. Significance: The town hall is still in use by many departments, including police; the "dummy" is a landmark often used in giving directions; and the town holds a lilac festival every Memorial Day Weekend. – Chief Scott D. Pinson
Features: The town seal. Significance: The seal depicts several town landmarks: the Town Hall (1882), town library and the Dublin Community Church. It also shows the oval on Main Street with the "Dublin Rock" protruding from the center of Route 101 as it did for many years. In the background are Dublin Lake and Mount Monadnock. – Chief Timothy J. Suokko
Features: Anvil, rising sun and winding river. Significance: The anvil represents "the strength of the people of Weare," and the rising sun symbolizes a new era for the police department. "The anvil symbolizes a shaping stone. If we do our job right, it leads to a brighter future." – Lt. Frank Hebert
Features and significance: The town's seal, which features the coat of arms of Sir George Colebrooke, the man for whom the town was named. – Chief Stephen Cass
Features and significance: The town's iconic Congregational Church steeple and the Lyme Horse Sheds. Both of these structures were built in 1812, with some later modifications and expansions. – Chief Shaun J. O’Keefe
Features and significance: "The house on our patch is the Bean Tavern, which was the location of Raymond's first town meetings. The current design dates back to the 1980s." – Chief David Salois
Features and significance: The patch is in the shape of the town. The center logo is the town seal, which features the Town Hall, "a centerpiece of the town of Deering itself." The patch was modified slightly in 2005 when the Town Hall replaced the Deering Community Church on the seal. – Chief James H. Pushee
Features: Cockermouth River, Newfound Lake, and the town common gazebo. Significance: The Cockermouth "flows into Newfound Lake, our town's premier feature. Hebron was formed in 1792 from a portion of the extinct township of Cockermouth and a portion of what was then called West Plymouth." – Chief Travis J. Austin
Features and significance: Concord's patch features the Old Man of the Mountain and the Concord Coach, a 19th-century stagecoach designed and built in Concord by carriage maker J. Stephens Abbot and master wheelwright Lewis Downing for Wells Fargo. – Chief Bradley Osgood
Features: Pemigewasset River; waterfalls at Campton Village; Welch and Dicky mountains. Significance: Thornton "is a community-oriented police department and the patch design is symbolic of our commitment to community." – Chief Kenneth Miller
Features: A farmer and oxen plowing a field, and the phrase "Granted as Protectworth 1768." Significance: The patch image was taken from the coin minted for the town's bicentennial and celebrating the town's agricultural roots. The town was originally called "Protectworth." – Chief Timothy Julian
Features: Sandwich Wilderness mountain range; Beede Falls in Sandwich Notch; Baptist Meeting House, built in 1793; Durgin Covered Bridge, built in 1869. Significance: The church is "reportedly the most photographed church in New England," and the bridge "is a rare example of a Paddleford Truss Bridge and was a link to the Underground Slave Railroad from Sandwich to North Conway." – Chief Douglas F. Wyman, Jr.
Features: Cupolas of the Odd Fellows Hall and the Town Hall; stone bridge over the Souhegan River; plus the motto "The Granite Town." Significance: Granite was a major industry. "The Souhegan River, which ran our mills for years, our stone bridge that crosses over the river, our Town Hall and the Odd Fellows Hall, where a bald eagle had landed on top of the building years ago." – Capt. Craig Frye
Features and significance: The patch models the town seal. "Top left is community, our downtown old factory buildings. Top right is the barns that used to be and still are in town. The bottom represents the agricultural history." – Chief John Drury
Features: American eagle, town's incorporation date, a star showing the town's location and "New Hampshire's First Governor." Significance: "First Governor" refers to Meshech Weare, New Hampshire's first "president" after the town was incorporated, a title which ultimately became "governor." – Chief Michael T. Gallagher
Features: Weeks Brick House, one of the oldest in the state; water and sailboat representing the Seacoast; rocks and cattails representing Great Bay; single bird. Significance: Redesigned by department members after Chief Michael Maloney was killed in the line of duty in 2012. "There is one bird flying in the sky, an homage to Chief Maloney looking over us." – Chief Tara Laurent