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South Side Police Sergeant Milwaukee Wisconsin badge circa 1860. Mike Halasi has found records going back to
1880-1881 which reveals at that time this badge was worn by George Strong, Sergeant of the South Side Station. Source:  History of Milwaukee, Wis., The Western Historical Society, Milwaukee Policemen.
Research continues for earlier records.
The Milwaukee police department was born October 4, 1855 with a Chief, William Beck, and six policemen. By 1860 the department added two Sergeants, one for the South Side and another for the North Side.

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1st issue Superior Wisconsin Police badge
circa 1883.

1st issue Merrill Wisconsin Police badge
circa 1883.

Wausau Wisconsin Police badge circa 1900-1920. The Wausau PD was founded in 1900 according to our friend Fred Borgmann.

Housing Authority Watchman #37 City of Milwaukee Wisconsin badge circa 1930.

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Sheriff Juneau County Wisconsin badge
circa 1920.

Watertown, Wisconsin Police Chief badge circa 1896.
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Milwaukee Police 1st issue badge #362, circa 1881. Hallmarked by N. W. Stamp Works Milwaukee and Chicago.

In 1881, Andrew Schwaab founded the Northwestern Stamp Company in Milwaukee and added two branches one in St. Paul where his brother George was manager and one in Chicago with brother Theodore managing.
Finding it difficult to operate in three locations, the two branches were sold and operations consolidated in Milwaukee on May 8, 1888,

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Watertown, Wisconsin Police Chief badge
circa 1896.

Watertown, Wisconsin Police Chief badge

Watertown, Wisconsin Police Chief badge
circa 1916.

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