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Cap Badge - Correctional Service of Canada

Cap Badge - Correctional Service of Canada

 This is the Correctional Service of Canada badge.  This crest was designed in the late-1970s.  It was chosen from a number of proposals submitted to Commissioner Donald R. Yeomans and his selection committee in December 1978 and forwarded to England where it received the approval of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in April of 1979.  It was first unveiled to the public at the opening of Kent Institution in August 1979 and was generally issued later that year.  The badge is made of enamelled brass in red, green, white with a mustard-yellow ground at center.  The Latin motto "Futura Recipere" translates to "Grasp the Future". 

There are two variations, one being flat in profile and the other convex.  The flat versions were used on presentation plaques and in identification wallets, while the convex examples were worn on uniform caps.  The fastening consists of a single screw and nut at center with a small pin or tooth on the back of the bottom point of the star in order to stabilize it.

Beginning in 1973-74, a major re-organization of the federal penitentiary system began.  The result was the merger of the former "Canadian Penitentiary Service" with the "National Parole Service" into one department, eventually named the "Correctional Service of Canada".  Along with reorganization came the need for a new identity, hence the total redesign of the insignia.

This crest continues in use today, but only in embroidered versions on regular working uniforms (i.e. baseball caps and other crests). 

The badge, as shown here, is issued only for wear on the ceremonial uniforms worn by the CSC Guard of Honour and pipes and drums units. 

Item
Cap Badge - CSC
Dimensions
5.2cm x 4.2cm
Material
Enamelled Brass
Period Made
c. 1978 - present
Period of Use
c. 1978 - present
Maker
No maker's mark.