MBTA Transit Police
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Transit Police Department provides police services to nearly one million riders a day on one of the largest public mass transit systems in the U.S. Chief Joseph C. Carter, working with Mark Siegel, director of sales at V.H. Blackinton and Co., Inc., created a custom badge which all members of the Transit Police Department are proud to wear, and which is one of this program’s standout items.
The traditional shield-shaped badge with blue reversed enamel panels has a custom center seal featuring the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Coat of Arms surrounded by the words “Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.” “This badge and the uniform we wear are distinct symbols of the core values and professionalism that is at the heart of our duties,” noted Carter.
All uniforms are colored in dark navy; however, the stripe on the pant leg varies with rank: officers have a ¼-inch royal blue stripe; sergeants sport a ½-inch black braid, and a 1-inch black stripe appears on the legs of lieutenants, captains, deputy chiefs and the chief. The honor guard also uses a Clarino duty belt and holster, and is further distinguished by the aforementioned one-of-a-kind badge.