BETHLEHEM POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS PAST AND NEW
HISTORY OF THE FOP EMBLEM
First, the five cornered Star, the same that is found in our National Emblem, and tends to remind us of the allegiance we owe to our Flag.
Midway between the points and center of the Star is a blue field, the points are gold, which indicates the position under which we are now serving; the background is white, white being the Virgin or unstained color, represents purity; among our many efforts, one is to allow nothing of a corrupt nature to be injected into our Order; therefore Blue, Gold and White are our colors. In the three uppermost Blue fields are letters F.O.P., which is the monogram of our Order, the FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE. In the Blue field in the lower left hand corner is the open eye, the eye of vigilance, the ever watchful eye, which notes the danger, and offers protection to the public, asleep or awake. In the Blue field in the lower right hand corner is the handclasp, which denotes Friendship.
The circle surrounding the Star midway, indicates, our never ending, or never tiring efforts to promote the welfare and advancement of this order, and within its bounds we are all a one great and powerful unit. In a half circle over the centerpiece is our Motto, written in Latin, Jus Fides Libertatum, Jus meaning Justice. Fides meaning Friendship. Libertatum means Equality. In the center of the Star is the seal of Fort Pitt. This tends to remind us of where the first efforts were put forth to establish this highly necessitated FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE.
The information for the above article was copied from the Grand Lodge Convention Directory F.O.P. Diamond Anniversary issue.