By Dave Naylor
March 14, 2022
The Calgary Police Service will review a pin worn by members of its Public Safety Unit (PSU) which some social media commentators claim is now used by an armed militia group.
The issue came to light on Saturday with social media pictures of officers wearing the pin and a member of the anti-mandate crowd waving a flag with the same emblem.
The emblem is also worn by Diagolon members, with the logo appearing on weapons and equipment on some of the 11 people arrested by the RCMP at the Coutts border blockade. Four of the protesters have been charged with conspiracy to commit the murder of RCMP officers.
CPS Sgt.-Major Travis Juska says the PSU pin, in use since 2014, contains a Trojan helmet with the Latin phrase tenete leieam which means “Hold The Line.”
“Members of the PSU are focused on ‘holding the line’ guarding entrances and keeping protesting groups away from each other,” Juska told the Western Standard.
He said the Trojan helmet has been used for thousands of years and has been adopted by numerous schools to be their sports teams’ moniker.
The oak leaves on the pin are mandatory for all CPS unit pins.