SAN ANTONIO -- A proposed compromise between three police organizations is being hailed as win-win by many people in all three departments.
The compromise, part of an amendment expected to be voted on Wednesday by both Park and Airport police, would allow for the departments to operate and exist on their own as separate divisions under the San Antonio Police Department and Chief Bill McManus.
This is not strange. In fact, it's probably a pretty good move to consolidate the forces, and the president of the Park Police officers' association likes the job security this plan offers. What is strange is the fact that the three police departments just couldn't seem to agree on what the Alamo -- that quintessential symbol of San Antonio -- should look like on their patches.
Look at this graphic from KSAT that shows all three of the patches.
As you can see, we have three police patches that are essentially similar in design (purposely so, I would imagine) but with different representations of the Alamo. That's weird, and I can't imagine why a graphic designer (assuming there was only one) would go to so much trouble to make the patches look so similar but with such varying looks to the central image. Especially one as documented and as photographed as the Alamo! Maybe another good thing that comes out of this merger will be a consistent police patch.
For the record, here is what the Alamo really looks like.