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A Sergeant in Formal Uniform

Uniforms that the department wears are half of the reason an officer feels pride in their job. The uniform symbolizes, justice, courage, integrity and respect. While an officer moves through the ranks of the NYPD, their uniform changes with colors and emblems. Formal uniforms used in marches, funerals, and award ceremonies are the glory of an officer in the NYPD. Uniforms show everything about an officer, whether they are reliable or not, and if they are enthusiastic or not. Sloppy uniform, means two things: lazy and disrespectful.

Basic UniformEdit

Title Insignia Uniform Shirt Color Badge design Badge Color Badge Numbered
Chief of Dept. [1] White Medallion with eagle and four stars no
Bureau Chief [2] Medallion with eagle and three stars
Assistant Chief [3] Medallion with eagle and two stars
Deputy Chief [4] Medallion with eagle and one star
Inspector [5] Medallion with eagle Gold & Blue Enamel
Deputy Inspector [6] Laurels and crown with oak leaves
Captain [7] Laurels and crown
Lieutenant [8] Medallion
Sergeant [9]


Blue Shield with Eagle Gold

Gold & Blue Enamel


(grades 3–1)

[10] Medallion
Police Officer [11] Shield Silver

Police Officer

Cadet [13] Slate Grey none