A badge is defined as a distinctive mark, token, sign, or emblem worn on one’s clothing, that signifies a rank or membership in an organization. They are usually formed like a name badge and provides information about the organization, the role, and sometimes includes the individual’s name. Sometimes, they are referred to as buttons, shields, emblems, crests or rank insignia.
Badges can also indicate that the individual has accomplished a certain amount of service, or attained a particular level of authority. Badges or patches can be made from a variety of materials, including: metal, plastic, leather, textile fabric, rubber, etc., They are most commonly affixed to clothing and worn on the right or left side of the chest.
Are Private Investigators Required to Carry a Badge?
Private Investigators are not required to carry or wear a badge. However, many private detectives choose to carry a one along with their private investigator’s license to reinforce their official status. The badges themselves do not symbolize any level of legal or professional authority and are sometimes frowned up.
Badge Manufacturers and Resellers
There are a number of high quality manufacturers within the United States. In most cases, you won’t be able to buy directly from the manufacturer. However, they maintain an extensive network of dealers and resellers in local areas throughout the country. Following is a short list of the most well-known manufacturers. Visit their website for more information on local dealers and re-sellers.
Blackinton – Blackinton is the largest manufacturer of badges for police, fire, security, military and the government. Blackinton has a nationwide network of over 800 dealers and also fills orders directly via their website. In addition to badge, the company sells wallet holders, commendation bars, uniform insignia, medals, awards and much more. In addition they provide custom solutions and refinishing services.
Chief Supply carries a wide selection of badges from the top manufacturers. In addition to badges, they offer wallets and holders, collar brass, name plates, stickers, acrylic holders,
Smith & Warren – Manufactures emblems for police, fire departments, EMS, Sheriffs, security guards and other public safety rank insignia. The company also provides name plates, tie bars, collar letters and insignia, commendation bars and much more. Smith & Warren has a nationwide network of dealers. Visit Smith & Warren’s website to access their dealer locator.
Official Private Investigator Shield
This official private investigator emblem is made by Blackinton in the United States and is made to industry standards. The piece has the label Private Investigator in blue and has an engravable area where a number can be added. Dimensions are 3″ in length by 2¼” in width. Visit their website to order directly.
National Private Investigator Badge
This private eye crest is master crafted and is perfect any private investigator who wishes to carry an official identifier of their craft. It is made of durable metal, has a high luster finish, and clip attachment and measures 3″ x 2 1/4″.
Deluxe Security Enforcement Officer
“Security Enforcement Officer” rank insignia. Great for security guards and for private eyes who specialize in providing protective services or bodyguard services.
Made of zinc alloy with a nickel plating. Pin backing. Includes a place for officer, detective or security guard name to be stamped. The phrase “Liberty & Justice For All” is printed in the inside circle with American flags. The dimensions are 3.125″ x 2.25″. Options include:
- Deluxe Silver – Public Safety SECURITY ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
- Deluxe Gold – Public Safety SECURITY ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Badge Wallets and Shield Holders
If you plan to purchase a badge, we highly recommend purchasing a protective wallet or holder. It will extend the life of the metal and make it easier to carry. Amazon.com has a wide selection of affordably priced badge wallets and shield holders. The ASR Federal Unisex Law Enforcement Badge Holder is one of the most highly-rated. It is made of 100% real leather and has a built-in protector.
This badge holder wallet case is perfect for private investigators. The badge holder features a custom-shaped recessed shield holder section, a protector flap, and an ID display compartment. It is made of 100% black leather. Please note that the badge is not included with the case and must be purchased separately. Be sure to purchase one of the items above in conjunction with the carrying case.
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