In early 1976, the idea of a Police flag was submitted to the Research and Development Division (R&D) by Police Officer Charles E. Springer of the 4th District, a 15 year veteran with the Chicago Police Department. Approved by Superintendent James M. Rochford, the suggestion was assigned to three R&D members to develop: Sergeants Frank Kohnen and Howard Knight and Police Officer Jack Pecoraro. Kohnen, Knight and Pecoraro made a number of sketches as to what they felt the flag should contain and these were turned over to Otis Rathel, Commanding Officer of the Graphic Arts Section. Rathel made a final artist rendering and this too was submitted to the Superintendent who approved its design. The design was then given to a flag manufacturer to be produced. In April of 1977, the flag was unveiled and became the first official flag of the Chicago Police Department.
The symbolic meaning of the Flag is as follows:
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