Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Special Badge For A Special Year

Some Roseville Police officers are wearing a distinctly different badge this year. To honor the City of Roseville's centennial year of 2009, some Roseville Police employees are wearing a commemorative badge that recalls Roseville's past.

In the early 1900s, a series of city marshals and night watchmen, headquartered in the Barker Hotel on Lincoln Street, handled law enforcement duties in the young railroad town. A faded photograph from approximately 1909 shows Roseville City Marshal Frank Rossman in civilian clothing, wearing a circle star badge on his vest. The circle star badge was widely used by law enforcement agencies during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth centuries, and is a familiar emblem of law enforcement in the American West.

Roseville Police Department's historian, Officer Lance Young, had a silver circle-star badge designed to commemorate Roseville's centennial. Some Roseville Police employees purchased the badges at their own expense and will wear them on their uniforms throughout 2009. Roseville Police retirees were also invited to purchase the commemorative badges. The badges are not available for purchase by the general public.

Employees who elected not to purchase the special badge will continue to wear their regular city-issued badges, a seven-point star that includes the words "Roseville Police" and the California State Seal.

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