July 1, 2016

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Wadsworth bicentennial: Police seek public input on uniform patches

WADSWORTH — Police are asking residents to help them choose a new look.

The department wants to replace its uniform patches with ones commemorating the city’s 200th birthday.

“We’re just looking at doing something to commemorate the city’s bicentennial this year,” department spokesman Lt. Rob Wyrick said. “But this would be something permanent.”



The department posted pictures of two patch ideas on its Facebook page and residents are asked for input.

Wyrick said officers have submitted ideas for the new patches and department officials also consulted an art class at Wadsworth High School for ideas.

He said both options Wadsworth is considering came from members of the department.

“It’s been a mishmash of ideas and a work in progress by several members of the department,” he said. “We’ve had countless submissions.”

Wyrick said the patches are still works in progress and doubts officers will be wearing new patches in time for the “First Night” inaugural celebration of the bicentennial March 15. Both patches are blue with gold trim and lettering, but one bears the seal of the state of Ohio while the other shows an image of the state filled in with the American flag and a star to mark Wadsworth’s location.

Both patches mark the city’s 1814 founding.

“Even those are still a work in progress, and there may be some tweaking and modification,” he said.

“Certainly we’d like to get something out here so we can be wearing that sometime early this year.”

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.