Flashback: History of tradition, importance of law enforcement badges
SEATTLE METROPOLITAN POLICE MUSEUM -- It's a tremendous moment of pride when an officer earns his or her badge and it's pinned on their chest for the first time. The tradition is steeped in history. Seattle Police Officer Jim Ritter has more in 'Flashback.' "Perhaps the most prominent part of a law enforcement officer`s identity is the badge. Badges have been worn by U.S. police agencies since the beginning and are primarily an American tradition. Most foreign countries to this day still don`t allow their officers to wear badges on the outside of their uniform."