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Public Order Police (Cabo Verde, before 2005)

Polícia de Ordem Pública

Last modified: 2017-11-13 by antónio martins
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POP flag
image by Jorge Candeias, 29 Nov 2005


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Presentation

In Cape Verde, the “common” police force (i.e., not the judiciary nor the military nor other specialized police corps) is called Polícia de Ordem Pública (POP), i.e., Public Order Police.
Jorge Candeias, 29 Nov 2005

The Public Order Police (Polícia de Ordem Pública) was created upon independence in 1975 (based on the local branch of the Portuguese P.S.P.) and was replaced in 2005 by the current entity, Polícia Nacional. It is roughly the same kind of police force, mostly a matter of a new name.
António Martins, 25 Jun 2012

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About the flag

POP has a flag, perhaps better called a colour (in Portuguese: estandarte), visible in their site and not explained. It is a very light blue flag with a narrow blue border around it, except in the hoist side and a complex coat of arms centered. The flag is fringed.
Jorge Candeias, 29 Nov 2005

I believe we can safely assume that it’s identical on both sides because of the lack of any mention to a difference in the obverse in the official site of the force and using an analogy with the examples we know of drawings showing the reverse of Portuguese flags: they are always identical on both sides. I even have this (unproved) theory that the reason why some Portuguese illustrations show the reverse and not the obverse, contrary to usual western practice, is to show that the “other” side of the flag should show everything properly, and not mirrored (given the fact that these flags invariably include scrolls with inscriptions).
Jorge Candeias, 30 Nov 2005

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Emblem detail

POP emblem
image by Jorge Candeias, 29 Nov 2005

These arms comprehend a central shield surrounded by 10 yellow stars (a reference to the islands that compose the country) disposed in two arcs of 5, two branches of some plant I can’t identify and a golden chain with 3 links. The shield has a chef charged with the name of the force in black capital letters ("POLÍCIA DE ORDEM PÚBLICA"). The field is blue, rayed from a central device that is too complex for me to describe properly but includes a police 6-pointed star charged by a white disc that features a pair of scales and a pair of shaking hands holding what looks like a sword. The star seems to be flaming and has rays. The base is charged by a scroll that features the motto of the institution: "AO SERVIÇO DA COMUNIDADE" (at the service of the community).
Jorge Candeias, 30 Nov 2005

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