Private Investigator Badges, Crests, Emblems and Shields

Private detective badges and shields
Badges for private investigator, process server and auto repossessor.

What is a badge?

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.

Manufacturers and Resellers

  • Blackinton – Blackinton is the largest manufacturer of badges and uniform insignia.
  • CHIEF Supply – CHIEF serves the Public Safety and Surveying industries, and the general public, with high-quality supplies.
  • Lawman Badge Company – Innovative design and  quality in uniforms and law enforcement badges. Professional Police, Sheriffs, Highway Patrol, Private Security, Fire and Military gear.
  • Smith & Warren – Manufactures emblems for police, fire departments, EMS, Sheriffs, security guards and other public safety rank insignia.

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 status as a P.I.  However, they do not symbolize any level of legal or professional authority and are sometimes frowned up. Following are various private investigator badges, emblems and shields for sale through

Official Private Investigator Shield – Blackinton – Police Equipment

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.

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

100% Genuine Leather Universal PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR Imprinted Oblong Badge Holder Wallet Case

These detective case make great companion units for private investigators. They feature a custom-shaped recessed shield holder section, a  protector flap, and an ID display compartment.  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 on the items above in conjunction with the carrying case.

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  1. I imagine that it would be an HONOR to wear a badge. It’s unfortunate that many officers are looked down on by many people.

    • I wore a badge for 14 years as a sworn officer. To me it signified that I was available to help anyone at any time. I was aware that I was looked down upon by some, however my pride in wearing that uniform never once let someone else’s opinion of me get in the way.


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