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by Rick Wyatt, 17 August 2000
During the year 1919, the Police Flag, representative of the Police Department of the City of New York, was adopted.
The disposition of the Jack and stripes is that consecrated in American tradition by National colors. The five alternate bars of white and brilliant green have been chosen to symbolize the five boroughs of Greater New York.
The original group of villages, towns and cities which have by coalescence formed the Greater City of New York are placed in circular constellation of white stars upon the field of the Jack. The cities form the center of this constellation, the towns surround the cities, villages lie in an outer circle about the towns - and these stars reposing in unbroken order have been set upon a field of deep blue - the color of the uniform by which the guardians of our security and order are daily recognized by the millions who are within the shielding of their vigilance and strength. The fringes and tassels of gold, the blue field and the white stars and stripes, bring all the colors of our City Flag in this, our Police Flag.
The brilliant green is the traditional and sentimental Police color.
Dov Gutterman, 9 April 1999