About Us/Where we get our patches
As mentioned at the bottom of the page, The Patch Wall was created by a small group of people who collect Police, Fire, and EMS patches. This website was designed to showcase those patches on our wall, and allow everyone to view each individual patch, and view information on where and how we obtained it. While most Fire Departments and EMS agencies will supply patches with little to no problems, Police agencies are hesitant due to the risk of police impersonation. Because of this, it's not always possible to get patches directly from police departments. Some of our patches may come from members of the public who got their hands on a specific agency patch. Before adding these we try to verify the authenticity of the patch, and if we're unable to do so (a majority of the time), we do not mark the patch as "Official".
What is an "Official" patch?The following patches are marked as "Official"
- The patch was sent directly from an agency/department
- The patch was sent by the public, but verified to be authentic
- The patch was purchased from an official agency website
I sent you a patch, how long will it take to appear online?We sometimes receive up to a dozen patches per week. We catalog each of these with images, dept names, city/county/state population, patch types, request/obtain dates, and much more. All of this takes time, but patches are usually online within 2-3 days of delivery. If it's been a while and you want to confirm we've received your patch, feel free to Contact Us.
I saw a patch on your website that isn't on the wall, why?There are many likely scenarios for this. As we receive more and more patches, our display cases or wall boards fill up. In some cases we may not have enough room to put the patch, and may have to wait until we have more space available. Another possibility is that we may have taken a patch off of our boards/wall to move it somewhere else.