Last modified: 2010-02-12 by jonathan dixon
Keywords: new south wales | police | bicolour: blue-white | sea eagle | new south wales police service | badge: new south wales | arms: new south wales |
Links: FOTW homepage | search | disclaimer and copyright | write us | mirrors
image by Miles Li, 14 October 2004
The New South Wales Police Service has the Police Service badge (as seen at the Police Service website) on a light blue over white bicolour. It is used swallowtailed on bikes.
Jonathan Dixon, 4 January 2001
A detailed description can be found
The badge, explained on an
unofficial police site,
represents the Crown as protector, overseeing law and justice in NSW. It
comprises a disc surrounded by a wreath (symbolising achievement and
victory as in Ancient Greek contests) and surmounted by a crown
(symbolising the authority of Her Majesty's Government). The disc is blue,
with a white ring bordered black on the outside containing in black the
words "NEW SOUTH WALES" (top) "POLICE SERVICE" (bottom). On the blue disc,
the badge of the NSW flag
Jonathan Dixon, 1 October 2008
Note that the badge originally read 'New South Wales Police Force', later changed to 'New South Wales Police Service', and now simply 'New South Wales Police'. Note also that the eagle clutches a red ribbon with the word 'Nemesis' written on it.
Most Police Stations in NSW fly only the State Flag; when there are two
or more flagpoles available, the National Flag and/or Police Flag might
also be flown. It is not customary to fly the Police Flag on police
boats. When on ceremonial duty, police motorcycles fly a swallow-tailed
version of the Police Flag, and horse-mounted police fly plain dark
blue-above-white swallow-tailed lance pennons.
Miles Li, 14 October 2004
The history of the name is: first NSW Police Force, then NSW Police
Service (1990), then simply NSW Police (2002), and then back to NSW
Police Force since Miles' report was made (2006).
While the flag and its swallow-tail version are used in ceremonial
functions, it is not regularly flown other than at a few places such as headquarters. The flag
currently flown outside the mounted police centre on Baptist St in
Redfern demonstrates that (predictably enough) the change in name is not
considered important enough to ditch the older flags - the badge on that
flag still says simply "Police". (The badge mounted on the wall is
obviously even older - it reads "Police Service").
Jonathan Dixon, 3 March 2008
image by Herman FMY, using image of arms from the NSW Parliament website, 10 Mar 2007
image by Herman FMY, 18 Oct 2008 |
New South Wales Police also have different flags for
general hoisting and for parading. The parade flag at the Nationl Police Memorial ceremony was plain blue, with the badge of the service at the
centre. The flag is fringed in silver as well. Photo reference: No. 5 by Terry Browne.
Herman FMY, 25 February 2007
The ceremonial flag of the New South Wales Police has different obverse and reverse sides. The obverse side of the ceremonial flag is blue with the Arms of New South Wales at the center while the reverse side shows the New South Wales police badge on a blue field. On the ceremonial flag, the motto-scroll is detached from the badge and slightly lengthened unlike its normal depiction, such as on the general-use service flag. The ceremonial flag is completed with white fringes, cords, and tassels.
Sources: Australian Federal Police’s National Police Memorial
Dedication photograph collection. Reverse profile: no. 57 by Mike Combe; Obverse profile: no. 31 by Brian Hartigan
Herman FMY, 10 March 2007
Photo 5 by Terry Browne mentioned above shows the banner carried on a pole
with a finial in the shape of an eagle as it appears on the badge.
Jonathan Dixon, 1 October 2008
Having looked at the National Police Memorial photos website, I can now summarize the patterns of lance pennons used by mounted police in each Australian state and territory:
New South Wales: dark blue above white. Proportions 1:3; swallowtail 1/3 the pennon length.
Miles Li, 13 March 2007
The Nemesis Pennant of the NSW Water Police is the police pennant flown by NSW water police vessels.
The Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol is also entitled to fly it due to the fact that, during the early days of the RVCP, its members were 'Special Police Constables' of the 'Water Police Reserve'.
In this case, it is a trapezoidal flag, 1:2, quarterly white and navy blue; in the canton is the word NEMESIS sans-serif in red; in the lower fly is the initial RVCP sans-serif in red.
The RVCP is entitled to fly it due to the fact that, during the early days of the RVCP, its members were 'Special Police Constables' of the 'Water Police Reserve'.
Miles Li, 25-26 Aug 2002
Detail of badge
image by Clay Moss using NSW Police Force artwork, 13 Feb 2008
Here is the old proposed flag of the New South Wales Police Force. Over the last several years, I had seen more than one sample of this flag on Ebay but would run into a brick wall any time that I tried to investigate its origin.
I finally ran into the NSW police historian, and he shared the story of the flag. In 1981, the NSW Police embarked on a campaign to have a flag designed for the police force. Among the proposals was the blue ensign above. Its inspiration came from the NSW Fire Brigades flag.
In the end, the ensign was not chosen. Evidently, there were those in the police force that thought that the ensign would end up being the flag, and as a result, a fair number were made up. I'm not sure how many flags were made all together, but it was apparently enough to justify printing them.
I have seen 4 samples of the ensign. 3 were of the printed variety and have NEW SOUTH WALES POLICE spelled out on the inner circle. The one other sample I have seen is made by Artlina flag makers in Brisbane, and says NEW SOUTH WALES POLICE FORCE.
Either way, the flags were prototypes only and were never official. Now you
know the story.
Clay Moss, 12 February 2008
The modern name "New South Wales Police Force" was also the original name, used in 1981. This could explain its use in the sample seen by Clay.
Jonathan Dixon, 3 March 2008