The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Tartan© (aka. "The Police Tartan"©) was designed as a salute to Law Enforcement Officers, everywhere in the world, who have chosen, as a profession, to serve and protect others. It was also designed to memorialize those officers who have already made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The wearing of this tartan is not restricted to Law Enforcement Officers, but is available for anyone to wear who wants to honor those who serve and the memory of those who have fallen.
- The blue represents the living men and women who currently serve or are retired from Law Enforcement.
- The 2 thick black bars represent the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty. They also represent the 2 buildings of the World Trade Center (each bar is a tower) and the officers who died there. The 2 black bars contain 36 black threads each, for a total of seventy-two, the number of law enforcement officers who died on 9.11.2001.
- The dark blue line between the 2 black bars is there to represent the “thin blue line” which is a colloquial term for police officers. It means that Law Enforcement officers are all that stand between citizens and criminals.
- The gold and silver stripes represent the badges that officers wear.
- The spot where the black stripes cross the silver and gold represents the mourning band that officers wear over their badges when a brother officer dies in the line of duty.
- The green stripe is to honor The Police Emerald Societies and the Irish-Americans who made such a large contribution to police work in the early years in the US when few people wanted to do the job.
A portion of all sales of these kilts will be donated to “C.O.P.S.” (Concerns Of Police Survivors) and therefore this tartan is ONLY available through USA Kilts and may not be reproduced anywhere without the expressed written consent of USA Kilts.
This tartan was designed by: Tim Welch and Rocky (aka William) Roeger, USA Kilts, 2008. The name "Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Tartan" and the tartan pattern itself are both ©2008 by William Roeger, USA Kilts and Tim Welch.
Measuring for your kilt: We would ask that you measure carefully for our kilts. Since these are custom made to fit the measurements provided, you will need to be sure of the exact sizing. We will not refund in the case of mistakes in measuring. Detailed measuring instructions can be found in the "Measuring Instructions" tab below this text.
A Traditional kilt is worn higher than your pants, just above the belly button (for larger customers, just above the WIDEST part of your belly). This is where the top of the kilt will sit.
DO NOT HOLD YOUR STOMACH IN. You’ll only going to get a kilt that's too small. Just relax and stand "at ease".
Make sure to use a good sewing tape measure. If you don't have a sewing tape measure, you can use a leather belt to measure. Wrap it around you, mark it and then lay it flat on a metal tape measure to get the measurement.
The tape measure should be snug – as snug as you will be wearing the kilt.
*Note: It will probably be 2 to 4 inches more than your pants size. This is common.
*TIP: BIG guys with large bellies may want to wear the kilt around the naval, as it gives a more flattering appearance.
With the same tape measure, measure around the absolute largest part of your rear.
Take this measurement a little LOOSELY. You should be able to slide a finger between the tape measure and your body when you measure.
This is your HIP measurement. In most cases, it's about 4-6 inches larger than the waist measurement.
If possible, it’s best to take this measurement wearing shorts and a form fitting shirt. There are 3 different ways to measure length:
1) With assistance
2) With bath towel assistance3) Without assistance
1) Length Measurement with assistance
Stand tall with your back straight. Do NOT look down or bend over as this will change the length measurement. Just stand tall and face forward.
Have the other person measure down the SIDE of your leg. On your side, put the "0" end of the tape measure at the top of where your kilt will be (the same height you took your waist measurement from). Measure from that point down the side of your body to the middle of your knee.
The number on the tape that is right where the bottom edge of the kilt will be is the length.
2) Length Measurement with bath towel assistance
Take a bath towel and FOLD IT so that it is 24" long.
Wear a pair of shorts, so you can see your knees and stand roughly 10 feet back from a full length mirror. Hold the towel up to your waist, putting the top of the towel at the spot you took the waist measurement… just above the belly button.
If the 24" length hits below your knee, shorten the towel by folding another inch or two, so that the bottom edge hits you square in the middle of the kneecap.
If the 24" length hits above your knee, lengthen the towel by unfolding an inch or two, so that the bottom edge hits you square in the middle of the kneecap.
3) Length measurement without assistance
Kneel on the floor with your back straight. You're going to measure down the SIDE of your leg to the floor.
From the top of where your kilt will be (the same height you took your waist measurement from), measure down the side of your body to the floor down the side of your leg. It's easier to put the "0" end of the tape measure barely touching the floor and the numbered end at the top.
SUBTRACT 1" FROM THIS MEASUREMENT to have the kilt sit at the middle of the knee.
Use the following chart for reference. These are typical height / length measurements.
If you need assistance measuring, please do not hesitate to contact us: 800.368.8633 or Rocky@USAKilts.com
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The story of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Kilt
© 2008 Rocky Roeger-Tim Welch. Letter by Tim Welch
Recently I visited the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville Pennsylvania and was touched by all of the things that visitors placed at a makeshift memorial. All were personal items such as signs, fire helmets, toys, pictures, police patches and children’s drawings attached to a fence. One thing that I found particularly interesting was the symbolism displayed on several homemade flags. It was a very moving experience.
As a retired police officer, I was aware of the number of law enforcement officers who died in the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 and I wondered if any officers had perished on any of the high jacked aircraft that day. I found out that one did. A passenger on Flight 93 named Richard Guadagno was an officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His name is engraved on the wall of The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC, along with seventy-one of his fellow officers who died that day at the World Trade Center.
A few weeks later a friend showed me the Firefighters Memorial Kilt© that was designed and sewn by Kelly Stewart of USA Kilts & Celtic Traditions. He explained that the lines in the middle of each square of the tartan design were 3 red threads, 4 red threads, and 3 red threads – representing the 343 NYFD firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11/2001. As a snare drummer with a bagpipe band, I have had a lot of experience wearing kilts over the past eight years. That is when I got the idea for the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Tartan©. It would honor all of the seventeen thousand nine hundred twelve fallen U.S. law enforcement officers throughout history and incorporate the symbolism that I was so struck with at Shanksville.
I met with Rocky Roeger of USA Kilts and gave him my ideas for the tartan I wanted to design. He too had considered designing a police memorial tartan to pay homage to law enforcement officers who fell in the line of duty. We discussed what this tartan meant to us and decided to team up on the design. We spoke about the different colors to use and the symbolism that would be incorporated and Rocky designed the tartan that night. Less than a week later, we had approval from the Scottish Tartans Authority on the name and design.
Fifteen percent of all revenues of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Tartan will be donated to COPS, Concerns of Police Survivors. They are a certified charity who provide resources to surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. They also help to educate the public about the need to support law enforcement and its survivors.
Thank you for your interest in our tartan. I hope this short letter helps to explain why it means so much to us.
Tim Welch Sr. badge #18
Newtown Township Police Department, retired
Delaware County, Pennsylvania USA
- 5 yards of wool cloth (6 yards for larger men)
- 16 oz wool cloth used
- Cloth woven in the UK
- Dry clean only
- Holds a crisp pleat and is easy to iron
- Individually tailored to your measurements
- Top Stitched (stitches visible on close inspection)
- 1” - 1.2" Pleats
- “One thread margin of error” on lining up the pleats
- Proper tapering down the fell to conform to body shape
- 100% Machine Sewn
- Good, but slightly reduced “swing” due to yardage used
- Fully lined with cotton liner
- 3 top grade leather straps embossed with knot work and strong cast buckles
- 2 belt loops on back