716TH MILITARY POLICE BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height consisting of a shield blazoned: Or, on a cushion Vert, tasseled Gules a baton of the field. Attached below a gold scroll inscribed "LEX ET ORDO" in black letters.

Symbolism
The distinctive unit insignia consists of the shield and motto of the coat of arms.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 7 Oct 1942.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Or, on a cushion Vert, tasseled Gules a baton of the field.

Crest

Motto

LEX ET ORDO (Law and Order).

Symbolism

Shield

The baton, or truncheon, was borne by high officers in monarchial establishments of the middle ages as a badge of authority and who were originally charged with military duties. Thus, this is symbolic of the functions of the organizations in the just administration of the essential principles of justice.

Crest

Motto

The motto, ''Lex et Ordo'' translates to ''Law and Order.''


Background
The coat of arms was originally approved on 27 August 1942. It was amended to add the blazon on 1 October 1942. On 17 January 1975 the coat of arms was rescinded. The coat of arms was reinstated on 4 June 1992.





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