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State Police Challenge Coins

Celebrate Your State Police Officers with Custom Challenge Coins


Police officers are generally restricted to certain city and county jurisdictions. They work hard to protect the people in their own communities and create tight patrol areas. Keeping police officers in these small jurisdictions allows them to create relationships with the citizens they protect and serve which allows for more efficient policing. However, a state is often large and finding the personnel to police its borders is difficult under the best circumstances. While local police are best suited for patrolling the roads and neighborhoods of their areas, the state police take a bigger picture approach and enforce laws on the state’s highways and interstates. 

State police challenge coins offer the distinct opportunity to honor the men and women of state police departments for their hard work and dedication. With responsibilities that include highway patrol, protecting the governor and providing security of the state capital, state police officers often have the opportunity to distinguish themselves in duty. Each achievement, each career milestone, should be represented with custom police challenge coins

At Signature Coins, we’re pleased to have spent the last 15+ years honoring our men and women in uniform with world-class challenge coins. Made only of the highest quality materials, and with the strictest attention to detail, our challenge coins have been presented for all occasions to members of law enforcement, the military, different branches of local and national government and even Fortune 500 companies. When you choose Signature Coins for your state police challenge coins, you’re ensuring that your officers are getting the kind of impressive keepsake they’ll cherish for a lifetime. 

What are State Police Challenge Coins?

With a history dating back to WWI, challenge coins began in the military and have since spread to multiple walks of life. With retired and discharged military personnel entering the workforce in the wake of their service, of course, they brought a few of their military traditions with them. As a result, challenge coins intended to mark the passage of major career milestones and as rewards for excellent service have become a common factor in businesses and workplaces across the country. In particular, law enforcement and departments of first responders have strongly adopted the tradition.

State police challenge coins are used to create a sense of unity and camaraderie amongst the officers in a certain state. They can also be traded between officers from different states at conferences, conventions and other national gatherings of law enforcement. 

Because the state police are unique to the states they’re situated in, the customization options for their unique challenge coins are endless. Mottos, logos, badges and unit numbers are all common options, but state-specific emblems and attractions are also great design elements that can be used to set your coin apart. 

Some notable state police units include: 

  • New York State Police
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Louisiana State Police
  • Alaska State Troopers
  • Maine State Police
  • New Mexico State Police
  • New Jersey State Police
  • Oregon State Police
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Massachusetts State Police
  • Michigan State Police

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A Brief History of State Police Departments



The start of the U.S. state police system all began with one of the most famous state police departments in the country: The Texas Rangers. 

In 1823 when Texas was still just the Mexican colony of Tejas, Stephen F. Austin, known as the Father of Texas, saw a unique need for more protection within the colony. As the men and women attempting to work and live in the over-large colony were being harassed by Native American tribes in the area, Austin saw that the militia wasn’t large enough to provide the needed protection. In an attempt to address this issue, Austin decided to reorganize the militia into ranging men and found a small number of volunteers to augment the militia’s numbers. These volunteers became the first Texas Rangers.

Throughout the years, the Texas Rangers would serve as a paramilitary group during struggles such as The Civil War, the Texas Revolution, and the Mexican-American war. They provided law enforcement services throughout frontier times, and in the early 1900s, they shifted into a criminal investigation agency. Today, the Texas Rangers are a division of the larger Texas state police (Texas Department of Public Safety), and they’re responsible for state-level crime investigation efforts. 
Even though they were all started for different reasons, the subsequent state police departments began in the model of the Texas Rangers.



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Displaying Your State Police Challenge Coins


Once your officers get a glimpse of their custom police challenge coin from Signature Coins, it’s certain that they’ll be full of pride at having been recognized for their hard work and achievements. In addition to being impressed with the customization options used on their new challenge coin, they’ll also be taken aback by the unique presentation options provided by Signature Coins. 

Some of the options available to you include:

  • PVC Pouch-- Transparent for easy viewing and acid-free for safe, long-term storage, the classic PVC pouch is offered for FREE with every order. 
  • Medal Capsule-- Hard, crystal clear and smooth to the touch, the cover and base of the capsule snap together firmly to form a perfect seal of protection for your medal. 
  • Acrylic Case-- With a velvet lined interior and hard plastic display cover to keep your medal protected, the acrylic case combines display functionality with refined elegance.
  • Plastic Stand-- An elegant high-quality display, the plastic stand is the go-to method for setting a medal on display on a desk or in a display case.
  • Velvet Pouch-- For a more personal touch, these black velvet drawstring pouches are easy to use but elegant at the same time.
  • Velvet Case-- A black velvet finish covers the outside of the case while inside is a recessed 1 9/16'' circle cutout that will perfectly fit and protect standard running medals.

When you select one of these special display options for your state police challenge coins, you’re telling your officers that you care not only about the design of their custom coin, but also about giving them the best way to show off their achievements. Challenge coins often are a private exchange between a commanding officer and the person their recognizing, but with these distinct display options, you give your officer the ability to share their pride with the world. 

At Signature Coins, we understand the hard work the men and women in all branches of law enforcement put into the job. We’ve spent over 15 years honoring that hard work with custom challenge coins. Not only are our coins created with an industry leading production time of 14 days or less, we also backup our work with a 100% quality guarantee. Give us a call today and you’ll have the first artwork proof of your state police challenge coins in 24 - 48 hours. 

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