Look Closely: Local law enforcement wearing special badges for Super Bowl

Law enforcement agencies throughout the valley are increasing patrols this week for all of the Super Bowl activities. And if you look closely, you'll notice some officers will be wearing a special badge.

Assistant Police Chief for the Phoenix Police Department, Dave Harvey is making the rounds at the multi-agency coordination center, helping to keep an eye on Super Bowl activities. It's business as usual, except for one small detail...his badge.

"It's modeled like a police badge," says Harvey. "It has our jurisdiction [and] it has the logo for Super Bowl."

Across town at the Phoenix Convention Center, Sal Freni is patrolling crowds at the NFL experience, and his badge is already a topic of conversation.

"They're asking, "Hey, what's that badge," says Freni. "They've heard about it, but it's not our typical badge. They asked how we got it."

"As we have had different events, the Centennial birthday and those types of things, we have these custom badges made that officers can purchase," Freni says.

Sergeant Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department says the badge costs around $100, and is often seen as a point of pride for those representing the Phoenix Police Department during Super Bowl 49.

"We have these made a prototype of it and shown to the officers, and they're made available for them and then we are authorized to wear them for the events," Crump said.

In this case, the design consists of the roman numerals 49 and an image of the Vince Lombardi trophy, which happened to be delivered to the Convention Center when Freni was working. 

"The one thing that is pretty cool about it that is different is the Lombardi Trophy is silver and they authorized this badge to allow the Lombardi Trophy to be gold," Freni said. "They found out [about] their mistake, so this is going to be the only Super Bowl badge that has a gold Lombardi Trophy on it ever.

Law enforcement members are allowed to wear the special badges through Super Bowl Sunday.
 
The Glendale, Peoria, and Scottsdale Police Departments, along with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office are also participating. Again, the members who wanted the badge had to purchase it with their own money.
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