Tulsa Police Badges Through The Years

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1905-The six point star was worn by City Marshal Charles W. Robertson. Photos before the turn of the century show the same badge.

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Various adaptations of the shield were used between 1909 and 1929.

Right--John Moran's badge in 1909.

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LEFT--John Moran in 1911

 

RIGHT-Closeup of his badge.

 


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Chief Yoder's badge from 1912. The top bar reads Presented by Tulsa Force. The hanging bar says Edw. Yoder.

 

 

 

 

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LEFT--Rees Moran's badge 1913. 

RIGHT--Moran's belt buckle.

 

 

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LEFT--1921

 


RIGHT-1922 to 1928 worn by Rees Moran

 

 

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LEFT--1920-1930 Badge worn by Officer Everett Blaine Dimples Hackathorn.

 

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Right-- First badge worn by future Chief Joe McGuire when he was hired in October 4, 1928.

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LEFT--1930 Sunburst badge

 

 

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LEFT Hat badge worn in the 1930s

   

RIGHT Matching breast badge.

 

 

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LEFT--1940s era Traffic Captain badge

 

 

 

 

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LEFT Hat badge-oil derrick style worn until 1952.

   

RIGHT Matching breast badge. Worn by Sgt. Melvin Stillwell.

 

 

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RIGHT Breast badge first issued in 1952 and currently issued.

In 1952 the department replaced the oil derrick badge with the seven pointed star above. The motto Justice For All was added to the bottom of the breast badge. The badge below is identical except for the multi-colored state seal. It was issued from 1968 through 1978. At that time the department returned to the style shown above with four digit numbers instead of three. Officers are now allowed to keep their badge when they retire.

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Left breast badge with multi-color state seal issued 1968 through 1978.

 

 

 

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Right--The Centennial Police Badge

Sergeant Beard is considered a badge expert and has collected badges for most of his career. The design features the Oklahoma Land Run and and an Oil Derrick. Both images represent the rich history of Oklahoma and Tulsa. With the help of Major Julie Harris, Captain Travis Yates, Corporal Ron Clark and Officer Steve Downie, this project was completed in early 2006

 


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