Typically police and law enforcement flagpoles are constructed with an internal bracing system consisting of either a steel or aluminum core. The mast section itself is generally made from aluminum.
However, some police and law enforcement poles have been known to use fiberglass or concrete masts rather than aluminum. On the basis of varied materials used for making flagpoles, there are several types of flagpoles in the market.
Three main types of flagpoles contribute to a majority of the market. They include:
1. Construction pole or mast
Construction flagpoles are typically used on building sites as temporary masts. With this type of pole, the entire mast is assembled using individual sections with their jointing system. To create one of these poles, lengths are telescoped together and secured with rivets or bolts for a secure fit. In most cases, the pole sections are made from either aluminum or steel.
The pole sections can range in size and length, but typically the tallest part of the flagpole can be 12 feet long.
2. Self-supporting or telescoping flagpole
Self-supporting flagpoles are similar to construction flagpoles. They both use a tripod base, and tall mast section design, however self-supporting flagpoles rely on internal bracing and are typically longer than construction flagpoles.
Typically the most elevated mast section on a self-supporting flagpole is 25 feet long. However, some can reach up to 45 feet tall. The use of internal bracing means that these flagpoles can withstand more incredible wind speeds than their construction counterparts.
3. Guyed flagpole
The third type of flag pole is the guyed flagpole. The base on this type of pole consists of lower and upper sections that are fastened together by guy wires or anchor lines. These poles are typically made from aluminum, with sections ranging between 50 feet and 70 feet tall. However, some have been known to be much more prominent in height.
What kind of flagpole is used at the police memorial in Washington, D.C.?
The police memorial dedicated to officers who died while serving their country has a police flag pole consisting of an aluminum mast with two crossbars attached to provide extra stability. The mast on the police memorial is made from a unique aluminum composite that’s corrosion resistant and designed to withstand high wind speeds.
What type of flagpole is flown at half-mast in the U.S.?
The police and law enforcement flagpole that’s used to fly the national flag at half-mast to indicate mourning for fallen police officers or victims of police violence is made from an aluminum mast with a halyard (rope and pulley system) that’s attached to the top to enable the flag to be raised and lowered.
What type of flagpole is used outside of police stations?
Police station flagpoles are usually made from either aluminum or steel. The police station flagpole consists of a police station flag attached to a halyard and pulled down via a pulley system. The police station flagpole stands at approximately 25 feet tall, with the police station flag being about 12 feet by six feet in size.