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7 Facts About Smith & Warren: Manufacturer of Police Badges

By    |   Friday, 24 Jul 2015 08:45 PM

Many of the badges worn by police officers are produced by Smith & Warren, a family-owned business based in White Plains, New York.

The company, which has been in operation since 1925, serves hundreds of dealers throughout the United States, including 10 national vendors. With thousands of options in customizing badges, the business offers the opportunity to create unique badges for all sorts of needs.

Here are some facts about the company.

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1. Made in the United States
Smith & Warren’s 27,000-square-foot facility in White Plains, New York, manufactures all of the badges they produce with a three-week turnaround, according to the company’s website.

2. Family Owned and Operated
New York entrepreneur Julian Galperin and his wife, Helena, were working as electroplating subcontractors when the opportunity to purchase the company in 1990 became available, and they slowly expanded the business, according to Made to Measure magazine. In 1999, badge manufacturer Everson Ross offered to sell to Smith & Warren, allowing the Galperins’ children Lee and Stephanie to join the team.

3. Five Types of Badges
The company makes Police, Fire, EMS, Sheriff, and Military badges.

4. Custom Designs
Designers work to make imaginative ideas a reality to create original badges. More than 600 customizable badge styles and more than 5,000 center seals are available. In addition to custom badges, the company offers challenge coins, lapel pins, and other uniform accessories. The VisualBadge program online also allows those interested to design their own.

5. Soft or Hard Enamel
The enamel colors the lettering on badges. Hard enamel is the art of melting glass into metal and makes the letters smooth to the touch. Soft enamel is baked at a lower temperature and creates an indentation of the engraved letters.

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6. Service Dogs
Dog badges are customizable and available for the four-legged friends on the police or fire and rescue forces.

7. “How It’s Made”
The company was featured on the Science Channel’s “How It’s Made” in 2009. Noticing the business’s success, the show approached Smith & Warren, requesting a tour of its facility and receiving information on the technology the company uses, according to Made to Measure.

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