The Badge Keeper: A simple solution to a common problem

Heavy badges pull on your shirt, hanging limply off your chest in a way that does not command respect


Mike Kenney, a 9-year veteran of the Lynn, Massachusetts police department, has one major pet peeve: saggy badges.

“I can’t take the way it looks. Even when you’re wearing body armor, your badge just hangs loosely on your shirt,” he said during a recent phone interview.

For those who wear badges every day – not just cops, but firefighters, paramedics and security staff as well – it’s a common problem. Badges are heavy and they pull on your shirt, hanging limply off your chest. It’s not a look that commands respect.

For years Kenney had been wearing a piece of cardboard or folded paper behind his shirt to stabilize his badge – a practice he says is common among his fellow officers. A year ago he was getting dressed and noticed the piece of cardboard he’d been using to support his badge was worn out. That’s when he decided to draw up a prototype for a more lasting solution.

The result is the Badge Keeper, a simple, rectangular piece of black plastic that supports your badge by creating a stable surface on the inside of your shirt. The Badge Keeper not only improves your appearance -- it also eliminates a grab point, Kenney says.

But ultimately, having a professional-looking badge is about respect for yourself, and your job. Kenney, on his website, puts it like this: “I worked hard to earn my badge, and I know you did too. Display it properly, professionally, and with pride.”

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Drew Johnson the editor of CorrectionsOne, the sister site to PoliceOne which provides correctional officers with information and resources that enable them to keep their facility a safe and controlled environment. Drew's contributions to the PoliceOne editorial lineup focuses principally on new law enforcement products, services, and technologies that help cops successfully and safely fight crime on the streets. A native of Oklahoma, Drew has previously written for both print and online media outlets on a wide range of topics, including finance, education, real estate, opera, and politics.

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