Philadelphia Police Badges
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

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

1st issue Philadelphia Police badge. May 27, 1845

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

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

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

3rd issue Philadelphia Police reserve badge #32, circa 1861-1874.

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.

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

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

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