A Smithtown public safety officer’s design for a departmental flag was officially adopted by city council last week.
The Park Ranger Michael Losee emblem designed over the course of a few weeks and several drafts earlier this summer combines the family crest of city founder Richard Smith, dominated by a breeding bull – the heraldic term for the attitude of the he animal is salient – with seven blue and white stripes for town hamlets and five gold stars for department divisions.
“I wanted something that when we look at it we feel a sense of honor, pride and oneness with the community,” said Losee, 35, former member of the 106th Rescue Wing from New York City. Air National Guard and Suffolk County Ranger. who joined the municipal service five months ago.
Smithtown’s Public Safety Department includes fire prevention, ranger, investigation, waterways, and navigation and emergency management divisions. Its staff perform some of the same functions as the police.
“We hope this instills a esprit de corps among the members of the department,” Tom Lohmann, director of public safety, said in an email.
Police departments serving New York City and Suffolk County have their own flags, but representatives from a handful of towns near Smithtown that operate their own public safety departments said they did not. no flags.
Losee made changes to his job from Sgt. Michael Nuzzo, the quartermaster in charge of the department’s equipment, who last week checked the prices of a wholesale purchase of flags of various sizes from a supplier to Melville, Premier Flag & Banner, with prices ranging from $ 30 to $ 200 per flag.
Nuzzo said he plans to purchase miniature flags for employee desks, medium-sized flags for Bay Constable ships, and full-sized flags for department functions, including walkout ceremonies for employee retirements. The flag is unlikely to fly at city facilities, he said. “The problem is space,” he said. “Most facilities only have one pole, if that’s the case,” already occupied by the American flag or Smithtown based on the Smith family crest.
Jill Fleming, creative director of Montauk advertising agency blumenfeld + fleming, said the “extremely traditional” design may confuse some viewers outside the department as it does not give any insight into the security functions public. For insiders though, “logos and flags and whatever can really unify… Already, the members of these groups have a cohesion, a collective psyche, a unification that can be reinforced with a graphic design that everyone embraces. “
Nuzzo, like Fleming, said he believes in the power of logos – virtually every successful organization has one, even Coca-Cola, he said. He also took to heart the motto of the Smith family crest, adapted for Losee’s design: “Nec Timeo Nec Sperno” in Latin, which translates to “I neither fear nor despise”. The lesson Nuzzo learned from the words was rooted in history but timeless: “In colonial times, when the bull rider was here, it was uncharted lands. He kept an open mind about new people he was going to meet.