GROVELAND — Chief Jeffrey Gillen is pleased to announce that the Groveland Police Department has a new patch that officers are beginning to debut this month.
The new design incorporates a more modern shape and commemorates the Groveland Congregational Church’s Paul Revere Bell, the 11th bell cast by the Paul Revere Foundry in Boston in the spring of 1795.
According to the church, Groveland’s 695-pound bell is the oldest Revere bell still in use and has been rung to honor the deaths of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as well as at the conclusions of World War I and World War II and on the anniversary of 9/11.
Over the winter, Chief Gillen had the idea to revamp the department’s patch to honor the town’s history, so he contacted John Guilfoil Public Relations for assistance. JGPR brought in designer and illustrator, Erik DiMauro of Beverly, to bring the design to life.
Traditionally, the Groveland Police patch was designed without images, and then later to incorporate the Commonwealth’s seal. The patch has remained virtually unchanged for nearly four decades.
“This is the first time we’ve had a patch that pays homage to Groveland’s history and we’re extremely pleased with how it turned out,” Chief Gillen said. “The Paul Revere Bell is an iconic piece of our community’s heritage, and we’re proud to wear it on our sleeves.”
Officers have already begun wearing the new patches on their uniforms, with the entire department expected to transition to the new design by Aug. 1.