Barnegat Police ‘Shipshape’ With New Patch

Dec 05, 2018
Courtesy of: Barnegat Township Police Department

The Barnegat Township Police Department has unveiled a new agency patch and logo that reflect the community’s maritime past. The previous patch had been a fixture since the name was changed from Union Township to Barnegat Township in 1977.

On the police department’s Facebook page, it said the design of the new patch began with a look into the history of Barnegat.

“As a bayside village whose inhabitants historically made their living and often survived off of the sea, it seemed appropriate to start there. When Henry Hudson first anchored off of Barnegat Inlet on September 2, 1609, it was recorded in the ship’s log that this area was ‘a very good land to fall in with, and a pleasant land to see.’ Hudson’s visit led to a series of explorations by Dutch ships and explorers and led to the first European settlers here. It also resulted in the area being named Barendegat or Bardnegat which morphed into our present-day name of Barnegat.”

The post noted that Hudson’s ship during that first visit was the Halve Maen (Half Moon), a Dutch vlieboot (flyboat). It serves as the centerpiece of the new patch. Flying on the stern of the ship is the Prince’s Flag, which flew on Dutch ships of that period.

“Above ‘Police’ on the patch sits our agency motto, ‘a regnati consensu,’ which translates to ‘from the consent of the governed”’ – a line borrowed from the Declaration of Independence that states ‘Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.’

“The patch was designed free of charge by The Emblem Authority and was created with no setup fees. The new patches also cost 24 percent less than our old patch.

“You’ll be seeing the new patch with increasing frequency as we transition fully away from the old patch over the next couple of months,” the post says. —E.E.

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