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  • Tradition of the Sheriff’s Office Uniform


    From a document written by Harold E. Bray
    (Jefferson County sheriff from 1962-1990)

    The green shirt represents the great forests which exist in Jefferson County. The trousers and the uniform hat cover represent the color of French gray which denote the gray clouds which give moisture and life-sustaining rain. The green stripe on the trousers denotes the rich, green, rolling plains. The upper white half of the command personnel hat represents the snow-capped peaks so often seen in the distance in Jefferson County.

    In the center of all hat badges, as well as breast badges, is the great seal of Colorado. The reason for the state emblem was great truth and justice. In the center of the seal is a shield, the upper portion of which represents the great mountains of Colorado with a conflux of mountains. In the lower half of this shield is a pick and shovel denoting the great mining industries of Colorado. Above the shield is a war axe bound in reeds representing everlasting peace. Above the war axe is a triangle with a large eye in the center representing "Nil Sine Numine," or "Nothing Without God." The eagle on the hat stands for United States freedom forever. In choosing the state seal, this department felt that it would pay everlasting homage to the great state of Colorado.

    The Sam Brown belt, the brown boots, the brown jacket and the lower half of the cap represent the brown earth of Jefferson County. The badge, nameplate and gold-colored ornaments on the Sam Brown belt, as well as the hat badges and hat bands, designate the gold industry of this county. All badges with the black lettering represent the black granite rock abundant in Jefferson County. The silver bands of the patrol [cap visor] represent the silver industry, also abundant in the county. The blue lettering and blue circle on the command personnel badges denote the blue sky.

    In analyzing the shoulder patches worn by every deputy, you will notice the circle representing life-giving sun. Underneath the life-giving sun you will find the mountain scenery. On this mountain scenery you will notice tall pine trees, as well as wild animals denoting the deer and elk so abundant in this county in the early years. The man on horseback in the patch pays tribute and honor to the early territorial sheriff whose only mode of transportation was his faithful horse. Also on the patch is a five-point star which denotes the first badges worn by the sheriffs in the United States. The color of yellow* was chosen to pay homage to the life-giving sun.

    If law enforcement is to survive, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department will forever hold these traditions in high esteem. Every deputy who puts on this uniform will wear it proudly and with honor. The deputy shall never degrade or cause blemishes of any kind to fall on it or on the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Every person in this department will be a professional individual, above reproach. You, as law enforcement officers, will be highly skilled and highly trained in this profession and, above all, you will be proud of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

    The JCSO patch was redesigned in 2000.