Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U06-01-16
Nameplates and Unit Designators
Issue Date:21 April 2017Effective Date:21 April 2017
Rescinds:05 August 2016 Version
Index Category:Uniform and Equipment Specifications
I.Nameplate
  • A.DESIGN:
    Rectangular, gold-colored metal nameplate with radius edges bearing the member’s correct last name. The nameplate will be worn in conjunction with the unit designator and will be worn in the eyelets which are centered above the right-hand shirt pocket.
  • B.MATERIALS:
    Brass, half-hard
  • C.COLOR:
    Gold
  • D.CONSTRUCTION:
    • 1.Nameplate: Hot nickel plating will be placed over a base metal and a heavy gold plating will be placed over the hot nickel finish. The gold plating will match the Chicago Police Department insignia and a heavy coat of clear flat backing enamel will be placed over the gold plating.
    • 2.Dimensions: The nameplate will have an overall length of approximately 2 ¼ inches by 1/2 inch wide with a thickness of approximately .062 inch. Each end will have a 1/8 inch radius. All corners and edges will have a 1/64 inch radius.
    • 3.Attaching Device: A clutch stud will be attached to base of the nameplate by the swagging method to ensure hardness of the base and strength of the stud. The stud length may vary from a minimum of 5/16 inch to a maximum of ½ inch with three position grooves. Clutch studs will be centered on the reverse side of plate 1 5/8 inches apart. Nameplate may also attach via pin.
    • 4.Lettering: Individual last names will be "Pantograph" engraved in Gothic block, medium style, .250 inch in height, .012 inch deep, and .017 inch to .020 inch line width. The lettering will be filled with air dry flat black lacquer prior to an application of a clear flat baking enamel which will be applied to the face of the entire plate.
  • E.FINISH:
    All edges will be polished smooth and blemish-free. The face surface will be grease buffed to a smooth finish. The back surface plate will be smooth and removed of all sharp edges. The entire nameplate will have a satin finish.
II.Unit Designator
  • A.DESIGN:
    Rectangular, gold-colored nameplate with radius edges bearing the member’s unit of assignment. The unit designator will be worn in conjunction with the nameplate and both will be worn in the eyelets which are centered above the right-hand shirt pocket.
  • B.MATERIAL:
    Laminated thermoplastic PVC, black in color, gold silk screen ink
    (background) metallic gold substrate and black printed copy.
  • C.COLOR:
    Gold
  • D.CONSTRUCTION:
    • 1.Lettering: Black copy will be printed on the front only in a suitable, Sansserif Gothic Block type face which closely resembles the engraving on the metal nameplate to which the designator will be affixed. The unit assignment designator will have two lines of type. For districts, the district number and the word “DISTRICT” will be printed on the top line and the district name will be printed on the bottom line. There will be approximately a 3/32 inch space between the lines of type. The copy will be printed on a gold background. Gold color and metallic gold substrate will be Plastic Graphic Company #304, or approved equal. The printing will be over-laminated with a clear transparent film to minimize wear. Adhesive lamination is not acceptable. All printing must be clear, sharp, properly centered, and uniform in style to fit properly on the designator's front exposed field of view.
    • 2.Dimensions: The thermoplastic material will be laminated to a thickness of .045 inch with an overall dimension of 2 1/4 inches by 1 inch. All edges are to be square and smoothly cut. Corners may be rounded but will not exceed a radius of 1/8 inch. There will be no burs or sharp edges on the finished product. The designator will have two 5/64 inch diameter holes drilled 1 5/8 inches apart positioned approximately 3/16 inch from the designator’s top edge. All measurements are center to center. Individual letter height will be approximately 5/32 inch and spaced approximately 1/16 inch apart.
  • E.FINISH:
    All edges will be polished smooth and blemish-free. The face surface will be grease buffed to a smooth finish. The back surface plate will be smooth and removed of all sharp edges. The entire nameplate will have a satin finish.
III.Nameplate with Unit Designator
  • A.DESIGN:
    Rectangular, gold-colored metal nameplate with radius edges bearing the member’s last name and unit of assignment. The nameplate with unit designator will be worn in the eyelets which are centered above the right hand shirt pocket.
  • B.MATERIALS:
    Brass, half-hard
  • C.COLOR:
    Gold
  • D.CONSTRUCTION:
    • 1.Nameplate: Hot nickel plating will be placed over a base metal and a heavy gold plating will be placed over the hot nickel finish. The gold plating will match the Chicago Police Department insignia and a heavy coat of clear flat backing enamel will be placed over the gold plating.
    • 2.Dimensions: The nameplate will have an overall length of approximately 2 ¼ inches by 1 inch wide with a thickness of approximately .062 inch. Each end will have a 1/8 inch radus. All corners and edges will have a 1/64 inch radius.
    • 3.Attaching Device: A clutch stud will be attached to base of the nameplate by the swagging method to ensure hardness of the base and strength of the stud. The stud length may vary from a minimum of 5/16 inch to a maximum of ½ inch with three position grooves. Clutch studs will be centered on the reverse side of plate 1 5/8 inches apart. Nameplate may also attach via pin.
    • 4.Lettering: Individual last names will be "Pantograph" engraved in Gothic block, medium style, .250 inch in height, .012 inch deep, and .017 inch to .020 inch line width. The lettering will be filled with air dry flat black lacquer prior to an application of a clear flat baking enamel which will be applied to the face of the entire plate. A line will bisect the nameplate beneath the member’s name. Beneath the line will be the member’s unit of assignment. The unit assignment designator will have two lines of type. For districts, the district number and the word “DISTRICT” will be printed on the top line and the district name will be printed on the bottom line. Member’s last name, unit number, and unit name will be centered horizontally.
  • E.FINISH:
    All edges will be polished smooth and blemish free. The face surface will be grease buffed to a smooth finish. The back surface plate will be smooth and removed of all sharp edges. The entire nameplate will have a satin finish.
IV.Approved Unit Designations
001 DISTRICT
CENTRAL
012 DISTRICT
NEAR WEST
002 DISTRICT
WENTWORTH
014 DISTRICT
SHAKESPEARE
003 DISTRICT
GRAND CROSSING
015 DISTRICT
AUSTIN
004 DISTRICT
SOUTH CHICAGO
016 DISTRICT
JEFFERSON PARK
005 DISTRICT
CALUMET
017 DISTRICT
ALBANY PARK
006 DISTRICT
GRESHAM
018 DISTRICT
NEAR NORTH
007 DISTRICT
ENGLEWOOD
019 DISTRICT
TOWN HALL
008 DISTRICT
CHICAGO LAWN
020 DISTRICT
LINCOLN
009 DISTRICT
DEERING
022 DISTRICT
MORGAN PARK
010 DISTRICT
OGDEN
024 DISTRICT
ROGERS PARK
011 DISTRICT
HARRISON
025 DISTRICT
GRAND CENTRAL
OFFICE OF THE
SUPERINTENDENT
  
   
OFFICE OF 1ST DEPUTY
SUPERINTENDENT
  
   
BUREAU OF PATROL  
   
BUREAU OF DETECTIVES  
   
BUREAU OF
ORGANIZED CRIME
  
   
BUREAU OF
ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  
   
BUREAU OF
TECHNICAL SERVICES
  
   
BUREAU OF
INTERNAL AFFAIRS
  
   
SPECIAL FUNCTIONS  
   
Unit designators will only display one of the above-listed district/unit designations.
(Items indicated by italic/double underline were added or revised)
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
T16-103 CMF