Trivia Question for July 16, 2015 – LAPD Uniform

LAPD PatchThe LAPD uniform is unique as it doesn’t display a shoulder patch for the agency it’s officers are associated with, except for two groups of officers.   One is the Traffic Division and if you’ve ever been pulled over by a motor cop you likely were too busy coming with with an excuse to notice that the traffic officers have a white patch which reads Los Angles Police and features a green circle with a white cross in the center.

QUESTION: What is it that the emblem of the White Cross surrounded by a green circle represent.   I’m looking for a one-word answer.
ANSWER: SAFETY is the answer we were looking for.   The National Safety Council has an inverse logo as their emblem and it was also used by the ambulance crews the LAPD ran from the 1920’s to about 1970 when it was turned over to the fire department.   There are references to the patch at the websites below.

http://www.lapdonline.org/special_operations_support_division/content_basic_view/1049
http://www.laphs.org/docs/blue-in-history-section.pdf

A total of 35 check-ins and 20 stations getting the answer correct, far more than we want to list here.   Safety the largest bandwagon answer of the evening.

Thanks to Gary (W6NVY) for use of the Mount Wilson repeater

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