British & Commonwealth Military Badge Forum  

Go Back   British & Commonwealth Military Badge Forum > Other Commonwealth Military Insignia > Colonial Police and Paramilitary Badges

 Other Pages: Galleries, Links etc.
Glossary  Books by Forum Members     Canadian Pre 1914    CEF    CEF Badge Inscriptions   Canadian post 1920     Canadian post 1953     British Cavalry Badges     Makers' Marks    Pipers' Badges  Canadian Cloth Titles  Books  SEARCH
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 26-03-19, 08:48 PM
slick_mick's Avatar
slick_mick slick_mick is offline
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 3,498
Default HK Police Badges

Here's a good reference picture I can across showing various Hong Kong Police badges.

A brief history of the HK Police Badges:

Although the Force was established in 1844, it did not possess its own badge until 1934. This begs the question: What type of insignia was used to represent the Force during this period of time?

In the early days of the Force, the crown of the British monarch was used as the symbol of the Force. The old photos of the Chinese policemen in the 19th Century show that Queen Victoria's crown appears on their Chinese style hats. Besides this, the Queen's crown was also worn by senior police officers as a cap badge. Hats and cap badges bore the royal insignia, and buttons also bore it as the Force symbol.

The symbols of the Force changed with time. With King Edward VII ascending the throne in 1901, one set of buttons within the Museum's collection bears the royal cypher "E VII R" with a crown surmounting it. One should note the difference between the King's crown and the Queen's crown. The Museum has buttons that bear the royal cypher of "E VII R", but no cap badge bearing this cypher can be found.

The symbol of the Force changed again when King George V came to the throne in 1910. His royal cypher "GRI", which stands for "Georgivs V dei gra: brittmn: Rex fid: def: Ind: Imp:" and with the Imperial Crown surmounting it, was widely used as the Force symbol. Hat badges from this time bear this insignia, as do collar badges, button sets and cloth badges found from the Museum's collection.

Design of the Force's insignia

"GRI" was used as the Force symbol until 1934. From that time onwards the Force possessed its own distinctive insignia. The Flag Badges, Seals and Arms of Hong Kong published by the Government Press in May 1963 featured a brief history of the Police badge: "Until 1934 the cap badge of the Police Force consisted of the letters GRI surmounted by a Crown. The badge was not used solely by the Police, and in 1934 Mr K. A. Bidmead, now the Deputy Commissioner of Police, suggested that the Police should have their own distinct badge. He was authorised to design a new badge, and the present Police badge is the result of his work. As can be seen, it incorporates the 1876 harbour picture (with certain modifications) surrounded by a laurel wreath and surmounted by a crown."

Although the Force had its own distinctive badge from 1934 onwards, this new badge, as well as the Imperial Crown, were used as cap badges of the Force simultaneously until the outbreak of the Second World War.

As mentioned above, change of monarch also brought change to Police badge. The Police badge adopted by the Hong Kong Police in 1934 remained unchanged even though Edward VIII and later George VI ascended the throne in 1936. However, the Police badge had a different appearance after Queen Elizabeth II succeeded her father in 1952. The original police badge was designed during the reign of George V, so the crown surmounting it was the Imperial Crown. After the Queen's accession, two different types of Police badge appeared: one was in its original design, whilst the other was surmounted by the Queen's crown instead of the Imperial Crown. Despite these changes, the cap badge and the lapel badge retained their original design. It was not until 1969, after the Royal prefix was granted to the Hong Kong Police and the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police that the Police badge had its first official alteration. It was the then DCP Mr G.A.R. Wright-Nooth QPM CPM, founder of the Force Historical Records Committee, which later became the Force Museum Advisory Committee, who was tasked with the job of designing a new badge. The Crown was subsequently changed from the Imperial Crown to the Queen's crown, and the prefix "Royal" was added to the Hong Kong Police and Hong Kong Auxiliary Police.

Change after 1997

Before the era of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force ended on June 30, 1997, the Force's new badge was published in March 1997. The new design was, in fact, based on the design that had been in use for more than 60 years, having at its centre the Hong Kong waterfront featuring five prominent buildings on the waterfront, surrounded by laurel wreath. The buildings, from right to left, are Exchange Square, the HSBC, City Hall, the Bank of China Tower and the West Wing of Arsenal Building at the Police Headquarters. A blue scroll with "Hong Kong Police" in both Chinese and English is found at the bottom, with the bauhinia emblem surmounting the badge. The official names of the regular and auxiliary police forces in Hong Kong were changed to the Hong Kong Police Force and the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force respectively.



Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_9228.jpg (61.5 KB, 38 views)
Looking for Australian military books?

Regimental Books - Australian Unit History specialists

Chasing militaria? I recommend:

Militaria Online - Australian Militaria Sales
Reply With Quote
Old 28-03-19, 02:20 PM
1314 1314 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 136
Default Hkp badges

The portraits in the attachment have become transposed ie top portrait is Wright-Nooth.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 12:46 PM.

Powered by: vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.