Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police M.P.D.
Uniforms of the Past and Present
Photograph From the M.P.D. 150th Anniversary Book
This page is a combination of uniforms past and present that have been worn by the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police. This and will always be a work in progress. I will try to place them in order of when they were worn but information on this is limited to me. Text, photos and information on this subject will always be welcome. Please don't hesitate to correct any errors I may have made. All I ask is that you provide the proper information for me to correct my mistake.
BlackSheep Productions 2009
This is an old overcoat with a patch #13, this is believed to be for the Precinct the officer is assigned to.
P.O. Box 911
It has been difficult to keep track of a 3,000+ person department that is 150 years old and their uniforms. I would be grateful for any photos and factual information.
Uniforms are the hidden piece of history that is usually not appreciated until decades later. Please feel free to forward me information on this subject.
1940's Washington D.C.'s Clothing and Equipment aka Property Division
Photo provided by the M.P.D.
Photo provided by the M.P.D.
Sample uniform for the 1960's M.P.D.
Cadet program began in 1965.
Larry Wilkins was one of cadets in the 1965 class.
He later joined Fairfax County P D & the Loudon County Sheriff dept. He also informed me that there was a matching hat badge that went with the breast cadet badge.this hat badge was 1/2 the size of the breast badge.
1st phase of the program 1965 -1980 program ended.
1965 - 1974 cadets began wearing the plastic cadet badge
Information received from Steve Platt, he was in class of 1974
1974 cadets attire:
Orange/black cadet patch worn on left shirt pocket instead of the plastic cadet badge, and also had the regulation MPDC patch worn on left arm sleeve orange/black cadet patch on blouse coat left chest area and also had the regulation MPDC patch on left arm
sleeve regulation police hat with metal cadet badge. words “cadet” stamped in lower panel instead of officers assigned number.
In 1974 Steve Platt approached Sgt. George Wilson with the idea of making and designing a cadet badge to replace the plastic cadet badges from the past. Sgt. Wilson took idea to current chief for approval and got okay with restrictions. The badges were to be purchased and paid by each cadet, one badge per cadet. Each cadet had to be contacted for the order to be placed with a minimum of 25 badges. Only 35 cadets out of 80 bought the cadet badge. After getting the design approved by the department and Chief another restriction was placed on them. They could only be used as wallet badges per the Chief. He was afraid that a cadet would use it to impersonate a regular officer.
Mid 1980’s new Cadet program restarted up.
Today cadets wear a shirt badge similar to the regular officers. Their badge resembles same badge worn by regular officers. In the same panel where the numbers are stamped for regular officer its stamped “cadet”. New cadet wear a M.P.D.C. shoulder patch on the left arm sleeve they wear a cadet badge on their breast pocket left side
blouse coat will have a M.P.D.C. shoulder patch on left arm sleeve regulation police hat with cadet badge with name “cadet” today they wear the same badge as regular officer w/o numbers, just word cadet stamped in badge.
All this information was obtained from officer that were cadets during the years specified and provided to me by Jim Blikensdorf. If anyone would like to provide additional information please feel free to e-mail or snail mail me additional information.