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On April 5, 1867, the Ohio Legislature passed the Metropolitan Police Law which called for a full time paid police force for the City of Toledo and the abolishment of the office of Marshal of the City of Toledo. Governor Jacob D. Cox's appointments to the Board of Metropolitan Police for the City of Toledo met and organized on April 20, 1867. On the evening of April 26th, these men were sworn in as the new Toledo Police superintendent Henry Breed, Captain Michael C. O'Connor, Sergeant William P. Scott, and Patrolmen Cornelius Helme, Patrick Horan, Henry Nellis, John D. Nicely, William R. Osborn, Joseph A. Parker, Jacob P. Pfanner, Jacob Rudolph, Conrad Schilling, Henry Sticker, Jacob Wannai, and George Wise. The turnkey was George W. Kirk. The secret serviceman, Toledo's first Detective, was Elijah S. Hanks, but his name was not given to the public. At 8 a.m. on April 27, 1867, the "MP's" as they were respectfully called by the public, took charge of policing the City of Toledo.

 

B Mahon Police Officer Toledo O. According to author and historian Geo. Virgines in his book, Badges of Law and Order who features a picture of this badge, it is circa 1830. Officer Mahon was made Chief of Police in 1856 and this badge must date prior to that date when just an officer.

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Toledo Police Sergeant sheild, made of sterling silver with applied gold front star and Sergeant designation.  Circa 1880

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First Issue after the Metropolitan Toledo badge, nicknamed the 
"Canal Boat."  3" in height,  #29 with chain keeper.  Issued on July 3, 1868.

First Issue 1867.

Second Issue 1868.

Jim Casey

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