You have just been invested with the badge of authority of our organization, the COLORADO STATE PATROL, but we wish to remind you that it symbolized for more than authority to us. You will note that it has seven points. Seven was regarded by the Greeks, Jews and Etruscans as the number of perfection. We consider our badge a perfect star.
Each point of our badge represents one of the tenets that make up the ideology of the police profession.
The points at the top might well represent CHARACTER and INTEGRITY. CHARACTER is that quality of moral constitution and moral strength that furnishes the fiber upon which an organization can build. It is that quality obtained through self-discipline of the individual that furnishes moral vigor and stability. INTEGRITY is that moral soundness from corrupting influence that guarantees the strict fulfillment of the duties and trust placed on you by your friends, the public and your organization.
At each side supporting these are the points representing the tenets of KNOWLEDGE and JUDGMENT. KNOWLEDGE is not only the acquaintance with fact and laws that you obtained through your schooling, but it represents an awareness and understanding which you will acquire through the performance of your every day duties. JUDGMENT is the ability to apply your knowledge and training to the best advantage of all concerned in any given situation.
Upholding these are the tenets of HONOR and LOYALTY. HONOR is the strict adherence to principles considered right by our organization that has won us a good reputation throughout the State and our Nation. LOYALTY is that quality of faithful adherence to the objectives and precepts of our Organization, loyalty to one’s self and to every member of our Organization.
Sustaining these is the tenet of COURTESY. COURTESY inspired the original motto of our Organization, “BE COURTEOUS BUT FIRM.”
This badge is always worn on the left side of our uniform close to our heart. We hope and trust you will always wear this badge with CHARACTER, INTEGRITY, KNOWLEDGE, JUDGMENT, HONOR, LOYALTY AND COURTESY to yourself and to our Organization, the COLORADO STATE PATROL.