New challenge coins for Ontario police

The Brant County police services board has approved a new “challenge coin” it will present to officers who meet yet-to-be-determined criteria, according to a Feb. 15 story from the Londoner, a Postmedia publication.

That week, board members voted to spend $2,163 to purchase 300 challenge coins, which are better described as tokens because the term “coin” refers to currency issued by a government and assigned a denomination for use in trade and commerce.

The board will approach the county council for funds to help cover the cost of the tokens, which will represent the local Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment.

“They could be presented to people for a variety of reasons,” board chair Jennifer Haley told the Londoner. “But the idea is that they would be something special, something that not everyone has and would not be sold.”

Designed by Brant County OPP members, a draft design features the provincial police service’s logo on one side plus the county logo and the new Brant OPP detachment headquarters on the other side. The names of the communities comprising the county are also listed along the coin’s rim.

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