HPD Patch

Hartford Police Patch  

The design of the Hartford Police Department patch depicts at its center the elements of the official seal of the City of Hartford. Adopted in 1852, the City Seal has a “hart” or stag standing in a “ford” or stream, symbolizing Hartford’s location on the Connecticut River. At the base of the shield is a grapevine symbolizing the state of Connecticut and at the top is an American Eagle, symbolizing our nation.

Oak leaves, symbolizing freedom, embellish the sides of the shield, and below is a streamer with the Latin words Post Nubila Phoebus, or “After the Clouds the Sun," the motto of Hartford’s founding fathers. Except for the addition of the word Connecticut during the early 1990s, our patch has remained unchanged for decades.