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From The Philadelphia Public Ledger and Daily Transcript, Tuesday May 27, 1845
Police Distinction--The day policemen of the city, we learn, are hereafter to wear a badge, designating them as the City Police. The badge is of an oblong shape, bearing the city coat of arms, and the words "City Police," and is designed to be worn on the breast of the coat.
These officers constitute, in the largest degree, the preventive police of the city, and it is questionable if, with this mark of designation, they will be as efficient as heretofore.  Although they are more entitled, perhaps, to the character of preventive police, they are, nevertheless, a police detective, also, and perhaps in this character the wearing of such a badge will defeat almost entirely all their efforts to detect the rogues that prowl about our depots, and other public places.
Courtesy Gary Provenzano

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The Detective Department, as a distinctive branch of the Philadelphia Police system, was organized,
October 28, 1859.

1st issue Philadelphia Police badge. May 27, 1845

3rd issue Philadelphia Police reserve badge #32, circa 1861-1874.
Concerning the Reserve Corps:  In 1856 then Mayor Vaux established the Reserve Corps. He picked out sixty of the finest men from the various districts. A Lieutenant and a Sergeant were appointed, and it was so arranged that all the reserves were ready at all times.

2nd issue Philadelphia Police badge, issue date January 10, 1851 made of while metal for the rank of Sergeant

From The Philadelphia Public Ledger and Daily Transcript, 
Saturday January 11, 1851
Police Badges.--Police Marshal Kevser mustered his men, yesterday afternoon, at the Central Station House, Adelphi street, and delivered to each man the badge which is to distinguish him when on duty.  It is in the shape of a star, with the arms of the State in the centre, as an ornament.
Courtesy Gary Provenzano

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2nd issue Philadelphia Police badge, issue date January 10, 1851. Made of brass or copper for the rank of patrolman.

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3rd issue Philadelphia Police badge 1st District,
circa 1861-1874.

Philadelphia Police Captain badge made of sterling silver.

Philadelphia Bureau of Police Captain badge made of sterling silver.

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