Adapted from an Arcadia Police Department press release.
You won't see yellow or gold thread on the shoulder patches of officers any more.
The department has ditched the flashy gold in favor of a more subtle silver and black color scheme. The uniforms for all sworn and full-time employees now have the new patches, while the older-style shoulder patch will be phased out for volunteer staff uniforms.
The last redesign of the Department's shoulder patch took place decades ago. That's when Arcadia, formerly known as the "Queen City," changed its motto to "Community of Homes."
Arcadia police officers have worn dark blue uniforms since 1986, when the Department swapped out the tan uniform for a more industry-standard blue. Other uniform modifications over the years have included several badge changes from the old style "eagle" badge to a more contemporary shield, as well as a centennial star badge worn in 2003.
This type of change is not done overnight. A committee of personnel representing both sworn and non-sworn members of the Department worked for more than a year to make recommendations for both physical and policy modifications for our uniforms.