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September 19, 2004

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A reproduction Indiana State Police badge series has surfaced on the collectors market. The badge can be easily detected if you have the BADGE GUIDE, as details of the current ISP badge are described and pictured.

The reproduction currently being offered to collectors has opening below the number panel, and the number panel is lacking the "shield" outline in black around the number. The badge is of poor quality, and should not be considered as "department issue."

Any collector encountering this badge is requested to forward us a photo so we can post it here on the ALERTS site. Beware of this reproduction. The current state contract holder for Indiana is the CD Dyer Company. The current ISP issue badge has the number engraved in BLOCK style font. Only the older badges have the stamped ROMAN style numbers.

Remember, the ISP badge is an officially copyrighted die, and the department is very protective of the badge. I’m wondering as this entry is made, if the reproduction mentioned above is from a far east manufacturer.

Our publication tells the secrets of telling a "department issue" badge from a fake or a reproduction. Should you encounter a badge that you have questions about, do send us a copy of the photos, front and back. This will
help us in our efforts of telling other collectors what is out on the market these days. Should you encounter a state patrol badge and have questions about it, send us a photo of the badge, back and front, and let us give you an opinion. Remember, it is your input that alerts us to the fakes and reproductions that are out there. Support this site by telling us of questionable badges. Our BADGE GUIDE will assist you in collecting only valid badges, and will advise on a bracket price for each state.