Special police badges have become a more common sight especially in larger agencies. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department issues anniversary badges every five years to boost officer morale and honor the agency's heritage. The agency emerged in 1973 from a merger of the Las Vegas Police Department and Clark County Sheriff's Department. The agency also produced a 9/11 badge commemorating the officers who helped in New York. View these badges, which were designed by Jimmy Smith, co-founder of an agency museum, and produced by Sun Badge Company. Photos courtesy of Sun Badge.
January 11, 2013
Indianapolis Police Officers Elizabeth Robinson and Betty Blankenship are generally acknowledged as the first female officers assigned to patrol duties in a radio car. For more about this era of pioneering police women, read our related feature, "The First Female Patrol Officers." Photos: Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C.
September 28, 2012
Riverside (Calif.) Police Officer Loren Mitchell became the first officer in his agency to work with a police dog when he was partnered up with "PAL" in 1958. Chief Sergio Diaz and the City Council honored the now-retired Officer Mitchell for this historical achievement at a City Hall ceremony. The photo gallery includes an apprehension the pair made during a 1950s traffic stop.
August 19, 2011
The first female police officer in the country with arrest powers, Alice Stebbins Wells, arrived in 1910 with the Los Angeles Police Department. By 1937, the department employed 39 policewomen. Women are serving in most areas of the department; they have yet to crack the elite SWAT unit, but a 2008 report led to 12 women being accepted into the training program that feeds the unit. These photos, which show several of the pioneering police women of the department, have been provided by the Los Angeles Police Historical Society.
July 28, 2009