CHECK THE KCPD RETRO BADGE TRIBUTE!!!
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Officers wearing retro badges to celebrate Department’s anniversary
To celebrate the Kansas City Missouri Police Department’s 140th anniversary in 2014, nearly 400 department members are going to sport retro badges.
Historical society members will be showing off the new badges at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Headquarters Annex, 901 Charlotte. (The entrance is in the back of the building.)
KCPD members have been approved to wear 1923 replica badges through 2014 in homage to days gone by and as a fundraiser for the Kansas City Police Historical Society. The replica badges sold for $80 to $90 and were available to all ranks of department members.
So why 1923?
“Because it’s the next in the series,” explained Captain Chris Sicoli, Vice President of the Historical Society.
The KCPD CARE Team issued a replica of the original KCPD badge – the Old West style six-pointed star – as a fundraiser in 2000. The Historical Society created and sold replicas of the department’s next badge – called a folded star that was issued in the early 1900s – in 2008 for KCPD’s 135th anniversary. Captain Sicoli said the 1923 badge was the next generation of KCPD badges, so that’s what the Historical Society is honoring this year.
“It’s the first one that had an eagle on it,” he said.
KCPD officers wore that badge from 1923 until 1932.
So expect to see a little 1920s flair on the streets of Kansas City with officers sporting the throwback badges this year.