REQUEST A PATCH:
For sworn law-enforcement Officers
For sworn law-enforcement officers outside the United States: Due to budget constraints, Virginia State Police policy prohibits mailing shoulder patches outside of the United States. You may download a scanned image by clicking on the following link: http://www.vsp.state.va.us/downloads/Patchbrochurenonsworn.pdf
However, the Department does provide non-law enforcement/civilian individuals with a brochure that features a scanned image of the patch and additional information about VSP.
The patch design consists of the obverse of the Great Seal of Virginia. The Latin Words, Sic Semper Tyrannis, mean Thus Ever to Tyrants and has been the motto of Virginia since 1776, twelve years prior to the Commonwealth’s ratification as the tenth State in 1788. This seal also is included in the design of the State flag, adopted in 1930.
The central figure of the Great Seal depicts the Roman goddess Virtus dressed as an Amazon. The Amazons were a mythical race of warrior women who fought against men and who inhabited Southern Europe. She personifies enduring patience in trials, constancy under stress, resolution, unfailing exertion, and dedication to the Commonwealth of Virginia. By attitude, Virtus is at peace and intends to stay at peace. Although warfare may be over, she is prepared to stamp out any tyrant or form of tyranny.
The spear is held point down to indicate she is temporarily through with using it. Her helmet is pushed back to clear the face. In her left hand is a sheathed parazonium, a short Greek sword which is considered more a badge of honor than a weapon.
With head proudly erect and face upright, Virtus rests her left foot on the prostrate male figure who personifies tyranny. The crown which has fallen from his head originally symbolized freedom from Britain and the oppression of the Crown, the sundered chains freedom from Britain’s restrictions, and the scourge under the figure’s left hand freedom from Britain’s punitive measures such as the Intolerable Acts which were instrumental in provoking the Revolution.
Thus, Virginia personified stands as the victor over oppression, dedicated to service with firm patience and ever willing to fight tyranny should it become necessary.