Issaquah Police Department unveils updated patch

January 3, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 3, 2011

The iconic salmon has been selected as the symbol on a fresh patch design for the Issaquah Police Department.

The designer is Issaquah Highlands resident Tim Bissmeyer, a project manager at CollinsWoerman, the architecture firm behind the Swedish Medical Center campus under construction in the highlands.

“A salmon is timeless — and with the longevity of each previously designed patch, I wanted to create a design that wouldn’t be outdated within a few years,” he said. “Also, when you look around the community, a salmon image is used quite frequently.”

The police department announced the selection late last week.

The updated Issaquah Police Department patch features a jumping salmon. Contributed

The prize for Bissmeyer: $250 from the city Arts Commission for crafting the design and a long-term installation of the artwork on the shoulders of uniformed Issaquah officers.

The police department plans to phase in the patch as officers order uniform coats, coveralls and shirts in the months ahead.

The agency set out to find a fresh patch in the summer, as the supply of existing insignia started to shrink.

“After 25 years, it was time to update our patch with a fresh, new look,” Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said. “The salmon design was easy to identify, and a great representation of the community we protect and serve.”

The police department put out a call for submissions in July. The agency offered artists templates for a half-dozen patch shapes and a series of criteria for the patch.

Bissmeyer had noticed the call for submissions on the municipal website.

The artist sketched the initial idea by hand and then loaded the rough draft into a digital design program, but Bissmeyer did not care for the salmon rendered in pixels. So, he sketched another fish, scanned the image and combined the hand-drawn and digital elements.

The police chief called Bissmeyer about a month ago to announce the selection and to discuss some color changes needed to fine-tune the design.

“It is truly an honor to know that the men and women who risk their lives to protect the Issaquah community will wear this patch,” Bissmeyer said.

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