340TH MILITARY POLICE BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height consisting of a gold horizontal band, the upper edge crenellated, bearing three vertical black stripes all within a circular green belt inscribed "JUSTITIA ET PRUDENTIA" in gold letters; overall a gold key erect, the bow interlaced with the belt to simulate a buckle.

Symbolism
The design represents the Battalion's mission of command and support of a military prison. The gold and black band simulates a stockade and stands for the prison. The circular belt, symbol of power, strength and security, refers to command and administration. The key is for logistical support. Green and gold, the Military Police Corps colors, indicate the organization's branch. The motto translates to "Justice and Foresight or Wisdom."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 26 February 1967. It was amended effective 16 September 2011, to update the description and symbolism.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess embattled enhanced Sable and Or, in base three pales couped in chief of the first, overall a key erect of the second with bow to base and interlaced with a circular belt Vert fimbriated and embellished of the second.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Sable, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), sands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto

JUSTITIA ET PRUDENTIA (Justice and Foresight (or Wisdom)).

Symbolism

Shield

The embattlements with the black pales or vertical bars simulate a stockade or prison and represent the Battalion's mission of command and support of a military prison. The circular belt highlights strength and security. The key refers to logistical support. Green and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Military Police Corps.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved effective 16 September 2011.





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