RLPD unveils new patch

Alastair Baker
News Editor
Thursday, February 21, 2019
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Photos by Alastair Baker
(Above) Red Lodge Police Chief Jason Wells with Jagger Campiglia at the unveiling ceremony of the Police Department’s new sleeve patch.

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(Right) Jagger Campiglia’s original artwork with the new sleeve patch.

Jagger Campiglia, a 7th grader in Red Lodge, won the ‘Patch It Up’ contest that was held to find a new sleeve patch for the Red Lodge Police Department.

Campiglia received $100 in prize money and will see his design on Red Lodge Police Department uniforms as well as their vehicles.

The new patch was debuted by Police Chief Jason Wells at a special public ceremony held at the Carbon County Arts Guild on Sunday. The unveiling was the culmination of nearly 6 months work that started when Chief Wells began a community-wide contest calling on all ages to design a new sleeve patch for the department.

On receiving the news Campiglia said, “It is an honor to have my design worn by the heroes of the police department of Red Lodge.”

The new patch depicts the map of Montana, a teepee, the year Red Lodge was founded, the Beartooth Mountains and the words Red Lodge Police surrounded by a gold and silver border on a dark blue background.

Chief Wells explained the symbolism behind the image saying that “gold is for honor, silver for trust, dark blue is law enforcement and security and trust. We have the Beartooth Mountains and the red teepee that symbolizes Red Lodge. We also see the history; 1892 when Red Lodge was founded.”

Campiglia’s art was also framed with a new sleeve patch on a background of dark blue material that comes from an actual uniform worn by a Red Lodge Police Officer.

“It is a real honor and privilege to be the Chief of a community like this where the community gets involved and that’s what the police department wants,” said Chief Wells.

He said it was “exciting to see the interest” shown and that even school art classes got involved.  

“I am really encouraged by the artwork that showed up and the people who took the time,” said Chief Wells.

He said, “a community member was so happy that young people took time to be involved in the police, that they donated the  $100 prize money. That was supposed to come out of my pocket.”

Al and Dolly Stuber of Strawberry Patch Frame Shop donated the frame.

For more photos of the entries please go to www.carboncountynews.com.