Davenport police marks anniversary with badges

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport police are celebrating the 175th anniversary of the department and city by wearing old-style badges more in line with the 1800s than current fashions.

The shiny star-shaped badges were the idea of Davenport Police Sgt. Eric Court. He says he was inspired by Bettendorf, which used old-style badges to mark the city’s 100th anniversary in 2003. Other area police departments have issued special badges for such anniversaries.

Davenport police say the department began when George Colt was appointed the first city marshal in 1839. That’s the same year Davenport was incorporated as a city.

The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/1j360AF ) lieutenants and higher ranks have gold badges, while sergeants and others have silver badges. The department and the police union split the cost of paying for the badges.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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