Special Awareness Patch Program

APD 2020 Annual Report Presentation March 22, 2021_087

The Auburn Police Department takes great pride in our ability to connect with our community. Over the past few years we have been bringing awareness and appreciation for social issues that we can all support. Our Special Awareness Patch program is just one way we are connecting to our community and bringing awareness to the forefront. 

Like many agencies, we started our Special Awareness Patch project with the "Pink Patch". This patch was and is still a design that is synonymous in our agency's efforts to bring awareness to breast cancer and the struggles  many of our community members face as a result of the illness.

In 2020, a new Special Awareness Patch was designed that symbolized all cancers that us, our families, and our community is faced with. We created the "Cops for a Cure" patch. This patch has the ribbons that represent the following cancers; lung cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, colon cancer, breast cancer, leukemia & kidney cancer, ovarian cancer, childhood cancer, prostate cancer, head & neck cancer, uterine cancer, and the lavender represents all cancers.

We currently have four special awareness patches; 2019 and 2020 Salute to Service patches which each have a different camouflage background and yellow ribbons. Some may recognized the camouflage as different eras of military service, specifically the woodland camouflage design that was prominent in the 1980's and 90's.

Our staff will wear these patches with pride throughout the year. In addition, these patches are available for purchase and support our special awareness patch program. Reach out to us at records@auburn.ca.gov for more information. The proceeds of the patch sales supports local efforts to fight cancer and support our veteran programs in the City of Auburn.

As always, stay tuned for new special awareness patches in the future.