Many police and fire agencies issue badges to their uniform chaplains for identifying the minister as a member in good standing as well as their allegiance to the police or fire agency they serve. Badge styles will vary from one agency to another. In some municipalities, the chaplain wears a traditional metal badge, in most cases identical to the police officer badge with one exception. Where the title police officer is customarily on the upper panel of the shield, the police officer title reads chaplain or police chaplain. Some agencies will only issue their chaplain's cloth badges. Some police and fire agencies do not include a badge as part of their uniform code. However, some chaplains by choice carry a generic chaplain’s badge with their official departmental ID. Often, the chaplain wears a chaplain badge at the belt level while on duty and usually by permission of the agency they serve. Chaplains International offers their ministers different badges styles with the official organization name on the badge. Each badge is customized with the chaplain’s official ID number on the bottom panel. Many agencies prefer the chaplain to carry an organizational shield as opposed to a public agency shield thus representing the organization (Chaplains International) while on duty. The generic badge can be used though it bears no affiliation to any organization.
HISTORY OF THE ARCHANGEL BADGE ™
CHOICE OF DESIGN
Choice of design and the use of the image which represents an Archangel is a symbol of strength, a sign of integrity, unconditional service to the Lord, and commitment to the cause as soldiers for Christ.
In 2012, the Archangel badge was decommissioned and replaced by more traditional-style badges ones customarily used by emergency services and law enforcement agencies. The difficulty has been the lack of uniformity of badge styles used by our chaplains during special events, and in times of disasters where a clear identity is an absolute requirement. Additionally, we have received countless requests by our chaplains for the return to service of the Archangel badge. In 2019, the Commission of License and Ordination voted to re-commission the Archangel badge, passing a resolution sanctioning it as the official badge of Chaplains International.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Eventually, Chaplains International will discontinue the use of traditional-style badges for licensed and ordained chaplains and will be replaced by the officially sanctioned Archangel badge. This will in no way effect the chaplains who have already purchased a traditional style badge in the past, or inhibit their ability to carry their badge on their person along with their official identification.
The cost of the Archangel badge is comparable in price to our traditional style badges which cost roughly $165.00 per badge. Each badge is handmade to order and will contain the chaplain’s official ID number which will be inscribed on the bottom panel (In accordance with CI By-Laws) in order that it may be identified by law enforcement in the event the badge should become lost or stolen. Production time will take approximately eight weeks to from start to finish and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
DUE TO COVID19 THE SUN BADGE COMPANY MAKERS OF THE ARCHANGEL BADGE HAS NOTIFIED US THAT THE PRODUCTION TIME FOR A CUSTOM BADGE IS NOW 10 TO 12 WEEKS. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT APPLY TO OUR OTHER BADGE SELECTIONS.
Since all badges, displaying the name Chaplains International is issued with the user's personal identification number, only official commissioned chaplains with the organization will be allowed to purchase and carry the Archangel badge. No exceptions
EACH BADGE IS MADE TO ORDER WITH YOUR OWN UNIQUE CHAPLAINS ID NUMBER
PLEASE ALLOW EIGHT WEEKS FOR DELIVERY
Archangel Chaplain Badge (MEMBERS ONLY)
The cost of the Archangel badge is comparable in price to our traditional style badge, which cost roughly $165.00 per badge. Each badge is handmade to order and will contain the chaplain’s official ID number which will be inscribed on the bottom panel (In accordance with CI By-Laws) so that it may be identified by law enforcement in the event the badge should become lost or stolen. Production time will take approximately eight weeks to produce from start to finish and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
The Following Generic Badges and Products (May be Purchased by Non-Members)
Eagle Top EMS Chaplain Badge
- Eagle Top One GD: Gold
- Eagle Top One SL: Silver