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In The London Free Press, 18 May 2007, Joe Matyas reports the unveiling of the London Police flag.
Two years after celebrating 150 years of service to the city, London police completed a mission related to that milestone yesterday.
In a rare display of public pageantry, about 170 members of the force marched with military precision at Wolseley Barracks as they showed their force's official colours for the first time.
It took three years for the flag's coat of arms to be designed, researched and approved by the Canadian Heraldic Authority and Queen Elizabeth II.
Longer than expected, said Chief Murray Faulkner, but still an event that makes London one of only three Canadian police forces to have colours with such lofty seals of approval.
Taking a cue from the Latin motto on its flag, Facta Non Verba! (Deeds, not Words!), the police service marked the occasion on parade, supported by about 30 members of the London police Pipes and Drums and the Ontario Provincial Police Ceremonial Drum.
London police will parade their colours only three or four times a year, during such special events as the ceremonial opening of the courts and the annual Warriors' Day parade, Faulkner said. The flag, made in India [sic] and completed in April, will also be asset to the city.
Ivan Sache, 18 May 2007
The flag, and coat of arms and badge were granted 15 December 2006.
Flag blazon: Azure the Badge of the London Police Service, cantoned by maple
leaves, trillium flowers and peonies proper. shown
Valentin Poposki, 26 April 2009
image by Randy Young, 6 July 2021
There are photographs online of a flag for the London Police Service that is
different than the one described above. Photographs of the flag being hoisted
along with a Progress Pride flag can be seen in an
online news article from 17 July 2020 at
The flag appears to have a dark blue field with a red horizontal stripe fimbriated white occupying the middle third of the flag. Centered on the field is the heraldic badge, but with the maple leaves in autumnal colors instead of gold as in the blazon. I am unclear the distinction between this flag that was photographed flying and the one described by the Canadian Heraldic Authority, but I would be interested in learning, if anyone knows.
Randy Young, 6 July 2021