MEET SCOTT BARKSDALE

Please meet Scott Barksdale....and welcome to “Barksdale’s Custom Patches” located in Columbia, South Carolina. As a native of South Carolina, it was an honor to attend The Citadel, followed by enlistment in the Unites States Marine Corps.

There is an interesting note of Scott’s involvement in the collection of law enforcement insignia....On New Years Eve of 1972, in the City of New Orleans, several Police Officers were shot and killed at the Howard Johnson’s in that city...... Other officer’s were wounded..... My mother, Evelyn Fay Barksdale, sent a check to the families of these slain officers’......A short time later my mother received a Letter of Appreciation from the Chief of Police and a shoulder patch from the New Orleans Police Department, which was given to me....My first police patch and the foundation of my collection!....I am proud of this patch, and have shared my story with my friend, Lt. Lou Gaydosh, of the New Orleans Police department!...Lou and I met in South Florida in 1980!....Life is full of surprises......Value life!

My law enforcement career began on 22 September 1972, and included 3 decades of service in South Florida. It has been my pleasure to serve the citizens of Columbia and Richland County since October of 2005..It has been a “calling” and a “blessing”.

We would ask you to please consider “Barksdale’s Custom Patches”, and will offer our services in duplicating your shoulder patch, or “enhancing” your patch with additional color, shape or size, details, or a custom center design. We could also work together to design a new style shoulder patch for your agency. We also provide designs for “Special Unit” insignia.

We encourage your ideas, suggestions, and thoughts in designing your custom shoulder patch. Popular themes for these patches include an historical event, a building or monument, a famous person, wildlife, a school mascot, or a local festival. Vivid color combinations, unigue artistic designs, and full embroidered patches are important in our “patch projects”. Your shoulder patch will also be copyrighted.

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