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Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970105008
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
97.3
Width
5
Description
BROWN LEATHER BELT. BRASS BUCKLE WITH SINGLE PIN; FIVE HOLES FOR ADJUSTING SIZE. BACK OF LEATHER NEAR BUCKLE STAMPED "MP 32". LEATHER STRETCHED SLIGHTLY OUT OF SHAPE AT CENTRE; SURFACE WORN THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR WAS A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FROM 1957 TO 1989. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO P19970105001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970105008
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SET FOREARM COVERS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960112053
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SET FOREARM COVERS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
34
Width
19.3
Description
SET OF TWO FLUORESCENT ORANGE NYLON FOREARM COVERS. TRIMMED WITH WHITE COTTON BAND AT TOP EDGE; ELASTICIZED AT OTHER. INTERIOR STAMPED "A910..".
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112053
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CITY POLICE SAM BROWNE BELT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19770085007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CITY POLICE SAM BROWNE BELT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, STEEL
No. Pieces
6
Description
BELT: 127(L) X 13(W); CROSS-STRAP: 106(L) X 3.1(W) LEATHER BELT WITH SHOULDER STRAP, HANDCUFF POUCH, AMMUNITION POUCH, REVOLVER HOLSTER IS MISSING. BRASS CLASPS. SEWN IN DESIGN ON BELT STITCHING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
STAMPED ON HANDCUFF POUCH, "Q.M. SCULLEY LTD. MONTREAL 406". STANDARD UNIFORM ISSUE FOR LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE.
Catalogue Number
P19770085007
Acquisition Date
1976-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SLIP-ON BOARD
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970094033
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SLIP-ON BOARD
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.8
Length
8.2
Width
6.6
Description
NAVY BLUE COTTON BAND, SEWN ALONG LENGTH TO FORM TIE SHEATH; OPEN AT TOP AND BOTTOM. EMBROIDERED ON FRONT ARE THREE WHITE CHEVRONS, SURMOUNTED BY CROWN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094033
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CLIP-ON UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, CHROME
Catalogue Number
P19960112031
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CLIP-ON UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
POLYESTER, CHROME
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.8
Length
38.1
Width
5.6
Description
NAVY BLUE POLYESTER CLIP-ON WOMEN'S TIE. STIFFENED KNOT FORMED AT TOP; TAIL FALLS BEHIND MAIN TIE. WHITE TAG SEWN TO REVERSE WITH "100% POLYESTER MADE IN FAIT AU CANADA CA 00472".
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112031
Acquisition Date
1996-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
WOMEN'S POLICE UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19960112024
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WOMEN'S POLICE UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
1
Length
39.03
Width
3.7
Description
NAVY BLUE NYLON WOMAN'S CROSS-OVER NECKTIE WITH A BLACK PLASTIC BUTTON JOINING THE TWO ENDS. TIE SECURES AROUND NECK WITH A STRIP OF VELCRO AT THE BACK OF THE NECK BAND. NO LABELS OR OTHER MARKINGS. LIKE NEW.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112024
Acquisition Date
1996-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
POLICE UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19960112023
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
1
Length
44.53
Width
3.5
Description
NAVY BLUE NYLON BOW TIE WITH AN ADJUSTABLE NECK STRAP THAT HAS A STEEL CLIP THAT ATTACHES TO A RING SEWN TO THE BACK OF THE BOW. NO LABELS OR OTHER MARKINGS. LIKE NEW.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112023
Acquisition Date
1996-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970094020
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.7
Length
4
Width
1.6
Description
BRASS TIE CLIP WITH POLICE CREST FASTENED TO CENTRE. CREST ENAMELED BLUE AT CENTRE AND IN TWO BANNERS ACROSS WIDTH, READING "POLICE LETHBRIDGE". TENSION CLIP AT BACK WITH THUMB TAB AND SERRATED ARM FOR SECURING TO TIE. ENGRAVED "CMC".
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094020
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SET, 2 SLIP-ON BOARDS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970094034
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SET, 2 SLIP-ON BOARDS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Height
0.8
Length
8.2
Width
6.6
Description
SET, 2 BLUE COTTON BANDS. EACH SEWN ALONG LENGTH TO FORM TIE SHEATH; OPEN AT TOP AND BOTTOM; TAPERED SLIGHTLY TOWARD TOP. THREE WHITE CHEVRONS EMBROIDERED ON FRONT OF EACH.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094034
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
MEN'S UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19960112032
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MEN'S UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
2
Length
130.3
Width
6.2
Description
ROYAL BLUE NYLON MAN'S TIE. SLIGHTLY CREPED TEXTURE. REVERSE OF TIE HAS WHITE TAG WITH "100% NYLON "SANDWEAVE" BY GENTRY SMALL END THRU HERE". INCLUDES CARDBOARD PACKAGING, ORIGINAL FROM PURCHASE. PIECE FOLDS AROUND TOP OF TIE, AND HAS SLIGHT HOOK AT TOP TO HANG ON MERCHANDISE RACK. READS "GENTRY WASHABLE 100% NYLON 'SANDWEAVE'". REVERSE HAS WASHING INSTRUCTIONS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112032
Acquisition Date
1996-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
COMMEMORATIVE BUCKLE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19960112035
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COMMEMORATIVE BUCKLE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
METAL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
3
Height
1.2
Length
9.5
Width
7
Description
SILVER BELT BUCKLE WITH GOLD RELIEF DESIGN. FLOWERS AT TOP RIGHT AND LEFT; CENTRE HAS "POLICE LETHBRIDGE" CREST. GEOMETRIC PATTERN AROUND BORDER. BUCKLE IS ELLIPTICAL, WITH SMALL PIN AT REVERSE AND ALSO RECTANGULAR RING. STAMPED "01"; READS "AWARD DESIGN MEDALS, INC. P.O. BOX 1088 NORMAN, OKLA. 73070". BUCKLE IS SEALED IN ORIGINAL PLASTIC PACKAGING. INCLUDES PLASTIC VELVETEEN-COVERED BASE WITH CLEAR PLASTIC LID EMBOSSED "AWARD DESIGN MEDALS".
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BUCKLE "01" LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE ISSUED - NOV 4/88. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112035
Acquisition Date
1996-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FABRIC, LEATHER, BRASS, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990022003
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Materials
FABRIC, LEATHER, BRASS, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
6.5
Width
6.0
Description
ONE PIECE SEWN INTO A FLATTENED CYLINDER; WIDTH RANGES FROM 5.2-6.0 CM; THE EPAULETTES ARE BLACK FABRIC WITH RIBBON (4.3 CM) WRAPPED AROUND THE CYLINDER. ON THE RIBBON ARE THIN STRIPES: GOLD, BLACK, GOLD, BLACK, GOLD. THE OUTER GOLD STRIPES AND THE BLACK STRIPES ARE 2 CM WIDE, WHILE THE INNER GOLD STRIPE IS 1 CM WIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THE SHOULDER FLASHES ARE FROM THE CRASH RESCUE UNIFORM WORN BY CAM HUTCHINSON-MACLEAN. HE BEGAN HIS CRASH RESCUE SERVICE IN EDMONTON IN 1981 BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED TO KENYON FIELD (LETHBRIDGE AIRPORT) IN 1985. MR. HUTCHINSON-MACLEAN LEFT THE SERVICE IN 1989 HOLDING THE RANK OF FIRE RESCUE 3 (CAPTAIN). THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS NO LONGER STATIONED AT THE AIRPORT.
Catalogue Number
P19990022003
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SHOULDER FLASHES; FIRE DEPARTMENT
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990022002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHOULDER FLASHES; FIRE DEPARTMENT
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Height
12.0
Width
11.0
Description
TWO SHOULDER FLASHES; TRIANGULAR SHAPED; BLACK FABRIC WITH YELLOW THREAD BINDING THE EDGES. IN YELLOW THREAD IS THE SYMBOL FOR TRANSPORT CANADA AND THE WORDS "TRANSPORT CANADA". THE CREST ON THE FLASHES IS COMPRISED OF GOLD, YELLOW AND RED THREADS. THE CREST IS THE SAME AS THE CAP BADGE ON HAT (P19990022001-GA). IN THE CENTRE OF THE CIRCLE IS A RED MAPLE LEAF.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THE SHOULDER FLASHES ARE FROM THE CRASH RESCUE UNIFORM WORN BY CAM HUTCHINSON-MACLEAN. HE BEGAN HIS CRASH RESCUE SERVICE IN EDMONTON IN 1981 BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED TO KENYON FIELD (LETHBRIDGE AIRPORT) IN 1985. MR. HUTCHINSON-MACLEAN LEFT THE SERVICE IN 1989 HOLDING THE RANK OF FIRE RESCUE 3 (CAPTAIN). THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS NO LONGER STATIONED AT THE AIRPORT.
Catalogue Number
P19990022002
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, CHROME, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19960112008
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
LEATHER, CHROME, BRASS
No. Pieces
2
Height
0.5
Length
121
Width
7.26
Description
BLACK LEATHER BELT WITH CROSS-STRAP. BELT IS DOUBLE-THICKNESS AT ONE END; PERFORATED WITH 7 HOLES ALONG CENTRE AND 7 SETS OF DOUBLE HOLES, AT OTHER END. CHROME-PLATE BUCKLE INSERTED INTO BELT BY TWO PRONGS; FASTENS INTO TWO BRASS CLIPS AT OTHER END. CHROME KNOB FITS INTO HOLES IN BELT TO SECURE. TWO BANDS ACROSS WIDTH, WITH SEMI-CIRCULAR RINGS LOOPED THROUGH. BACK OF BELT CRACKED AND WORN. STAMPED "38" IN LEATHER NEAR BRASS DEVICE. CROSS-STRAP IS ALSO BLACK. REMOVABLE END PIECE ATTACHES BY CHROME BUCKLE AND KNOB, THROUGH HOLE PERFORATED IN BELT. OPPOSITE END HAS LOOP, STITCHED TO REVERSE OF STRAP AND FASTENED BY SNAP AT FRONT. CROSS-STRAP APPEARS NEWER THAN BELT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112008
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
C/W HOLSTER & POUCHES
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, CHROME
Catalogue Number
P19960112036
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
C/W HOLSTER & POUCHES
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
LEATHER, CHROME
No. Pieces
7
Height
7.7
Length
121.6
Width
22.8
Description
BLACK LEATHER SAM BROWNE BELT WITH BASKET-WEAVE PATTERN. SILVER BUCKLE AT ONE END, AND TWO HOOKS AT OTHER FOR SECURING. STAMPED "TEXAS SHOEMAKERS & SONS" "N38". REVERSE IS BROWN LEATHER. ATTACHMENTS INCLUDE (R-L): .1 AMMUNITION POUCH. 9CM (L) X 7CM (W) X 7.5CM (H). INCLUDES LOOP TO ATTACH TO BELT; AND TWO POCKETS MOUNTED SIDE BY SIDE FOR HOLDING LOADERS. FLAP WITH SNAP ON EACH. .2 GUN HOLSTER. 22.8CM (L) 10.6CM (W) X 7.7CM (H). BASKET-WEAVE HOLSTER WITH OPEN BOTTOM, AND STRAP AT TOP WITH SNAP-FASTENER TO SECURE GUN. "B30 34W PAT. # 3,942,692" STAMPED ON REVERSE. .3 HANDCUFF POUCH. 13CM (L) X 9.2CM (W) X 4.6CM (H). BASKET-WEAVE POUCH WITH FLAP AND SNAP FASTENER. TAPERED SLIGHTLY TOWARD SQUARED BOTTOM. REVERSE STAMPED "TEX SHOEMAKER & SONS" "204". .4 FLASHLIGHT POUCH. 16.2CM (L) X 3.6CM (W) X 6CM (H). LONG NARROW POUCH WITH BASKET-WEAVE PATTERN. FLAP WITH SNAP FASTENER AT TOP. REVERSE STAMPED "TEX SHOEMAKER & SONS 93MMF". BACK OF SNAP STAMPED "PULL THE DOT". .5 WALKIE-TALKIE HOLDER. 9.8CM (L) X 7.7CM (W) X 3.2CM (H). LEATHER BAND LOOPED AROUND BELT. MOUNTED WITH PLASTIC SQUARE ON FRONT, WITH SEMI-CIRCULAR KNOTCH FOR SECURING WALKIE-TALKIE (NOT INCLUDED). "19" SCRATCHED INTO MOUNT. REVERSE OF HOLDER STAMPED "42C05857B01". .6 BATON HOLDER. 10.3CM (L) X 7.4CM (W) X 4.2CM (H). CONSISTS OF NARROW LOOP AROUND BELT, AND BAND WITH TWO SNAPS FOR ADJUSTING LENGTH, MOUNTED HORIZONTALLY TO BASE OF LOOP.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112036
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19970111002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
LEATHER
No. Pieces
4
Height
3.5
Length
131
109.0
Width
5.5
3.0
Diameter
2.3
Description
REDDISH BROWN LEATHER SAM BROWNE BELT WITH MATCHING & REMOVEABLE CROSS-STRAP, HOLSTER, & AMMUNITION POUCH. ONE END OF BELT HAS A BRASS BUCKLE, THAT FASTENS WITH DOUBLE PINS. OTHER END OF BELT HAS LARGER ROUND HOLES IN THE CENTRE TO ATTACH ACCESSORIES TO BELT, AND ALSO HAS DOUBLE HOLES FOR PINS ON BUCKLE. STAMPED "MP", "J.E. LORTIE CO. LTD. MONTREAL", AND "40". ITEMS SHOW LITTE WEAR OR DAMAGE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN AUGUST 1951, AT WINNIPEG, MANITOBA. HE WAS IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FOR 25 YEARS, AND WAS STATIONED ALL OVER NORTHERN ALBERTA AND CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1974. WORKED IN THE OFFICE MOSTLY IN LETHBRIDGE, AND RETIRED OCTOBER 1976. THE BELT WAS ISSUED TO DONOR WHEN HE JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE, BUT HE RECEIVED A NEW HOLSTER WHEN THE FORCE SWITCHED FROM A .455 TO A 0.38 GUN LATER IN HIS CAREER. FOR HISTORY OF KEN VEALS PLEASE SEE P19970084001-GA, OR P19970111001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN RCMP UNIFORM DONATED BY KEN VEALS. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE WWW.RCMPVETS.CA. KENNETH GEORGE JOHN VEALS WAS BORN ON APRIL 14, 1928 IN WINNIPEG, MB. KEN JOINED THE RCMP IN AUGUST 1951 IN WINNIPEG, MB AND SERVED THROUGHOUT ALBERTA. HIS LAST TWO YEARS OF SERVICE WERE SPENT IN LETHBRIDGE. FOLLOWING HIS RETIREMENT IN 1976, KEN WORKED FOR PCL CONSTRUCTION AS A SAFETY COORDINATOR. HE PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 20, 2010 AT THE AGE OF 82. KEN’S WIFE, HELEN MARGARET GENEVIEVE VEALS (NEE CLEVEN) WAS BORN ON APRIL 7, 1935 AND PASSED AWAY ON APRIL 7, 2012. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE WWW.RCMPVETS.CA.
Catalogue Number
P19970111002
Acquisition Date
1997-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
OUTER BITE SLEEVE
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
JUTE, NYLON, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20080008002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OUTER BITE SLEEVE
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
1990
Materials
JUTE, NYLON, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
10.8
Length
71.4
Width
31.5
Description
BITE SLEEVE. PADED RECTANGULAR SLEEVE WITH ONE OPEN END. OUTER PART OF SLEEVE COVERED IN WOVEN JUTE THAT IS SOILED AND WORN THROUGHOUT. ONE GREEN CLOTH AND METAL BUCKLE ON EACH SIDE OF SLEEVE, NEAR OPENING. ALSO NEAR OPENING IS ONE BROWN CLOTH STRAP AND A SMALL BROWN CLOTH LOOP. INSIDE OF SLEEVE LINED WITH BRIGHT ORANGE NYLON. WHITE TAG INSIDE SLEEVE MARKED, "RAY ALLEN M.F.G., COLORADO SPRINGS, CO., U.S.A., 23C".
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, THE SLEEVE WAS USED FOR AGRESSION TRAINING WITH HIS DOG ZORKO. THIS SLEEVE "IS WHAT WE CALL AN OUTSIDE SLEEVE. IT IS WHAT YOU START YOUR DOG ON. THE DOG SEES IT, CAN GET A FULL MOUTHFUL, IT IS EASY TO BITE. YOU CAN FEEL IT IS FAIRLY SOFT. THAT IS WHAT WE START DOGS ON. AS THE DOG LEARNS CONTROL, THE CALLS AND ALL THE THINGS, THEN WE MOVE ON TO [A SMALLER] SLEEVE WHICH IS GENERALLY WORN UNDER A JACKET OR UNDER A COAT OR SWEATER SO THE DOG CAN'T SEE IT YET IT PROVIDES PROTECTION TO THE PERSON DOING THE QUARRYING [ACTING AS AN OBJECT OF SEARCH, PURSUIT OR ATTACK]." THIS PARTICULAR SLEEVE WAS ISSUED TO KAYE RIGHT BEFORE HE RETIRED AS A POLICE DOG HANDLER SO IT IS IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE. KAYE SAID, "GENERALLY THEY WOULD WEAR OUT FAIRLY QUICKLY". TODAY, MOST BITE SLEEVES ARE NOT JUTE COVERED. IN ADDITION, "THEY HAVE GONE TO A FULL SUIT [SIMILAR TO THE OUTSIDE BITE SLEEVE]... FOR THE BODY SO THEY HAVE PROTECTION EVERYWHERE AND NOT JUST THE ARMS. THE DOWNSIDE OF THESE [SLEEVES] WAS QUITE OFTEN YOU GOT BIT AND IT WASN'T WHERE YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO GET BIT... IF YOU TRIPPED AND FELL AND SUDDENLY EXPOSED SOMETHING THAT WASN'T THE SLEEVE, THEN YOU GOT BIT." SLEEVES WERE TYPICALLY WORN BY MEMBERS OF THE CANINE UNIT OR OTHER POLICEMEN. KAYE SAID, "USUALLY TO GET INTO THE CANINE UNIT, YOU HAVE TO QUARRY. WE CALLED THAT QUARRYING SO THEY WOULD PUT THIS STUFF ON. THAT IS HOW I GOT INTO IT, THAT IS HOW I STARTED. IT IS LIKE APPRENTICING." FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ZORKO AND THE CANINE UNIT SEE P20080008001. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008002
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
STRAIGHT TIE, CLIP-ON
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20140008002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STRAIGHT TIE, CLIP-ON
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Materials
POLYESTER, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.75
Length
37
Width
6
Description
DARK BLUE POLYESTER STRAIGHT TIE WITH METAL CLIP AT BACK OF KNOT. BOTTOM END IS FOLDED INTO A POINT. VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS TIE WAS WORN BY THE DONOR, RET. CONSTABLE PAULETTE DECOSTE, AS PART OF HER DAILY SERVICE UNIFORM DURING HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE AND DARCIE JAMES WERE BOTH GRADUATES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AT LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WERE HIRED IN DECEMBER 1980 AS THE CITY’S FIRST TWO POLICEWOMEN. ON MARCH 19, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED DECOSTE ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE SAID: “I WAS 25 WHEN I GOT HIRED ON [WITH THE POLICE SERVICE]. IT WAS ALL FOREIGN TO ME, THE LANGUAGE WE USED. . . WHAT PROTOCOLS WERE. . . RESPECT FOR RANK… WHAT YOU WERE FACED WITH ON THE STREET … WE DID DISPATCHING AND WALKED THE BEAT. WE [GOT] MEALS FOR PRISONERS [AND] ANSWERED CALLS TO SERVICE… IT WAS NEW TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS, AND BEING LOOKED AT IN THE SAME LIGHT AS A MALE OFFICER… DIDN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. SO THAT WAS CHALLENGING… AND THAT WAS OUTSIDE AND THEN SOMETIMES INSIDE. NOT EVERYBODY WAS PRO ‘WOMEN FOR POLICING’ AT ALL, AND THAT CHALLENGE WAS HARDER THAN THE ONE ON THE STREET.” DECOSTE CONTINUED: “[DARCIE JAMES AND I] WERE KIND OF LIKE FIXTURES, WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE, AND WE WEREN’T GOING AWAY… SOME OF THE MEMBERS, STILL TO THIS DAY, DON’T LIKE FEMALES IN THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND THAT’S PROBABLY NORMAL IN A LOT OF CASES… WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S UNIFORMS OF COURSE, AND THEN DARCIE AND I DID GET FLOWN TO CALGARY TO BE SIZED BY THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE. I THINK WE ONLY GOT TWO PAIRS OF PANTS, A SKIRT, AND A TUNIC. SO WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S PANTS [AND] TAKE THEM TO THE SEAMSTRESS … THE ONLY THING THE MEN DIDN’T HAVE WAS THE SKIRT, AND WE NEVER REALLY WORE THOSE… WE WERE ALSO ISSUED A PURSE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY BECAUSE WE NEVER CARRIED A PURSE, I MEAN, WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IN IT?... WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANGE ROOM TO BEGIN WITH; IT WAS A BATHROOM THAT WE HAD TO SHARE… BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS COULD HAVE CARED LESS THAT WE WERE THERE OR NOT… SO, I’D COME TO WORK IN MY UNIFORM, BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO CHANGE IN THE HALLWAY, OR THE BATHROOM, IF SOMEONE WAS IN THERE.” DECOSTE CONCLUDED: “[I WAS ON THE FORCE] 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS… THE WAY HAS BEEN PAVED IN MANY ASPECTS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS LONG AS THE PERSON IS QUALIFIED, THEN GENDER SHOULD NOT MATTER AT ALL AND THEY SHOULDN’T LOWER STANDARDS OR RAISE THEM – JUST TREAT EVERYBODY FAIRLY… WE’RE HERE, AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY, AND WE CAN DO THE JOB. I WAS NEVER TREATED WITH KID GLOVES OR HAD ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT AT ALL, NEVER, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER… YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT.” ON MARCH 5, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DARCIE JAMES ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JAMES’ DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GALT ARCHIVES. JAMES SAID: “AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, I WAS VERY INTRIGUED, AND THEN I KNEW WHAT MY PASSION WAS… [WHEN I WAS HIRED TO THE FORCE] THEY GAVE US A TRAINING BOOK, AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE NUMEROUS PORTIONS OF THE BOOK, SO THEY ASSIGNED YOU TO A TRAINER [AND] YOU WERE WITH THIS TRAINER FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND THEN YOU HAD TO ACHIEVE. [THE INSTRUCTORS] WERE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE… DAVE HASTIE [MY TRAINER] CHALLENGED ME THE WHOLE TIME. FOR 3 MONTHS I WOULD GO HOME AND I WOULD SAY ‘IS THIS FOR ME’? THEN WE FORMED A FRIENDSHIP [AND] I WAS VERY FORTUNATE… PAULETTE AND I WERE THE ONLY WOMEN FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, SO WE SORT OF SET THE STANDARD AT THAT TIME AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE… THEN THEY STARTED BRINGING ON MORE FEMALE MEMBERS… WE HAD TO WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET NOTICED [AND] IF A FEMALE MEMBER MESSED UP, THEY WOULD REFER TO IT AS ‘OK, WELL ALL WOMEN ARE GOING TO BE THAT WAY’. PAULETTE AND I RECOGNIZED THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, SO WE WERE EACH OTHER’S SUPPORT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE… THERE’S STILL THAT OLD STIGMA THAT MAYBE WE’RE IN A MAN’S ROLE AND WE’RE NOT [AS] SUCCESSFUL IN IT… IT’S CHANGED A LOT BUT THAT PERCEPTION IS STILL THERE. BUT WE’VE PROVEN [OURSELVES] OVER TIME.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW, AND COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES, AND INTERNAL MEMORANDI ON DECOSTE AND JAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20140008002
Acquisition Date
2014-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TIE CLIP, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NICKEL, ENAMEL
Catalogue Number
P20140008003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TIE CLIP, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Materials
NICKEL, ENAMEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.5
Length
6.5
Width
1.75
Description
FLAT BAND OF NICKEL WITH SPRING CLIP MECHANISM AT BACK. CENTRE OF BAND HAS CREST WITH BLUE ENAMEL DEPICTING CROWN, RIBBONS, AND TEXT READING “CITY OF LETHBRIDGE – POLICE LETHBRIDGE”. RUST ON SPRING OF CLIP; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS TIE CLIP WAS WORN BY THE DONOR, RET. CONSTABLE PAULETTE DECOSTE, AS PART OF HER DAILY SERVICE UNIFORM DURING HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE AND DARCIE JAMES WERE BOTH GRADUATES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AT LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WERE HIRED IN DECEMBER 1980 AS THE CITY’S FIRST TWO POLICEWOMEN. ON MARCH 19, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED DECOSTE ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE SAID: “I WAS 25 WHEN I GOT HIRED ON [WITH THE POLICE SERVICE]. IT WAS ALL FOREIGN TO ME, THE LANGUAGE WE USED. . . WHAT PROTOCOLS WERE. . . RESPECT FOR RANK… WHAT YOU WERE FACED WITH ON THE STREET … WE DID DISPATCHING AND WALKED THE BEAT. WE [GOT] MEALS FOR PRISONERS [AND] ANSWERED CALLS TO SERVICE… IT WAS NEW TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS, AND BEING LOOKED AT IN THE SAME LIGHT AS A MALE OFFICER… DIDN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. SO THAT WAS CHALLENGING… AND THAT WAS OUTSIDE AND THEN SOMETIMES INSIDE. NOT EVERYBODY WAS PRO ‘WOMEN FOR POLICING’ AT ALL, AND THAT CHALLENGE WAS HARDER THAN THE ONE ON THE STREET.” DECOSTE CONTINUED: “[DARCIE JAMES AND I] WERE KIND OF LIKE FIXTURES, WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE, AND WE WEREN’T GOING AWAY… SOME OF THE MEMBERS, STILL TO THIS DAY, DON’T LIKE FEMALES IN THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND THAT’S PROBABLY NORMAL IN A LOT OF CASES… WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S UNIFORMS OF COURSE, AND THEN DARCIE AND I DID GET FLOWN TO CALGARY TO BE SIZED BY THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE. I THINK WE ONLY GOT TWO PAIRS OF PANTS, A SKIRT, AND A TUNIC. SO WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S PANTS [AND] TAKE THEM TO THE SEAMSTRESS … THE ONLY THING THE MEN DIDN’T HAVE WAS THE SKIRT, AND WE NEVER REALLY WORE THOSE… WE WERE ALSO ISSUED A PURSE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY BECAUSE WE NEVER CARRIED A PURSE, I MEAN, WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IN IT?... WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANGE ROOM TO BEGIN WITH; IT WAS A BATHROOM THAT WE HAD TO SHARE… BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS COULD HAVE CARED LESS THAT WE WERE THERE OR NOT… SO, I’D COME TO WORK IN MY UNIFORM, BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO CHANGE IN THE HALLWAY, OR THE BATHROOM, IF SOMEONE WAS IN THERE.” DECOSTE CONCLUDED: “[I WAS ON THE FORCE] 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS… THE WAY HAS BEEN PAVED IN MANY ASPECTS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS LONG AS THE PERSON IS QUALIFIED, THEN GENDER SHOULD NOT MATTER AT ALL AND THEY SHOULDN’T LOWER STANDARDS OR RAISE THEM – JUST TREAT EVERYBODY FAIRLY… WE’RE HERE, AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY, AND WE CAN DO THE JOB. I WAS NEVER TREATED WITH KID GLOVES OR HAD ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT AT ALL, NEVER, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER… YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT.” ON MARCH 5, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DARCIE JAMES ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JAMES’ DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GALT ARCHIVES. JAMES SAID: “AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, I WAS VERY INTRIGUED, AND THEN I KNEW WHAT MY PASSION WAS… [WHEN I WAS HIRED TO THE FORCE] THEY GAVE US A TRAINING BOOK, AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE NUMEROUS PORTIONS OF THE BOOK, SO THEY ASSIGNED YOU TO A TRAINER [AND] YOU WERE WITH THIS TRAINER FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND THEN YOU HAD TO ACHIEVE. [THE INSTRUCTORS] WERE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE… DAVE HASTIE [MY TRAINER] CHALLENGED ME THE WHOLE TIME. FOR 3 MONTHS I WOULD GO HOME AND I WOULD SAY ‘IS THIS FOR ME’? THEN WE FORMED A FRIENDSHIP [AND] I WAS VERY FORTUNATE… PAULETTE AND I WERE THE ONLY WOMEN FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, SO WE SORT OF SET THE STANDARD AT THAT TIME AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE… THEN THEY STARTED BRINGING ON MORE FEMALE MEMBERS… WE HAD TO WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET NOTICED [AND] IF A FEMALE MEMBER MESSED UP, THEY WOULD REFER TO IT AS ‘OK, WELL ALL WOMEN ARE GOING TO BE THAT WAY’. PAULETTE AND I RECOGNIZED THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, SO WE WERE EACH OTHER’S SUPPORT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE… THERE’S STILL THAT OLD STIGMA THAT MAYBE WE’RE IN A MAN’S ROLE AND WE’RE NOT [AS] SUCCESSFUL IN IT… IT’S CHANGED A LOT BUT THAT PERCEPTION IS STILL THERE. BUT WE’VE PROVEN [OURSELVES] OVER TIME.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW, AND COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES, AND INTERNAL MEMORANDI ON DECOSTE AND JAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20140008003
Acquisition Date
2014-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BELT, DRESS UNIFORM
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FELT, NICKEL
Catalogue Number
P20140008004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BELT, DRESS UNIFORM
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Materials
FELT, NICKEL
No. Pieces
3
Height
1.75
Length
87.5
Width
5.5
Description
BAND OF RED FELT WITH NICKEL BUCKLE AND CLASP AT OPPOSITE ENDS. BAND IS THREADED THROUGH SLITS IN BUCKLE AND CLASP AND FASTENED WITH STRIPS OF RED VELCRO. MINOR SCRATCHES ON BUCKLE. VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS BELT WAS WORN BY THE DONOR, RET. CONSTABLE PAULETTE DECOSTE, AS PART OF HER DRESS UNIFORM DURING HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE AND DARCIE JAMES WERE BOTH GRADUATES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AT LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WERE HIRED IN DECEMBER 1980 AS THE CITY’S FIRST TWO POLICEWOMEN. ON MARCH 19, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED DECOSTE ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE SAID: “I WAS 25 WHEN I GOT HIRED ON [WITH THE POLICE SERVICE]. IT WAS ALL FOREIGN TO ME, THE LANGUAGE WE USED. . . WHAT PROTOCOLS WERE. . . RESPECT FOR RANK… WHAT YOU WERE FACED WITH ON THE STREET … WE DID DISPATCHING AND WALKED THE BEAT. WE [GOT] MEALS FOR PRISONERS [AND] ANSWERED CALLS TO SERVICE… IT WAS NEW TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS, AND BEING LOOKED AT IN THE SAME LIGHT AS A MALE OFFICER… DIDN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. SO THAT WAS CHALLENGING… AND THAT WAS OUTSIDE AND THEN SOMETIMES INSIDE. NOT EVERYBODY WAS PRO ‘WOMEN FOR POLICING’ AT ALL, AND THAT CHALLENGE WAS HARDER THAN THE ONE ON THE STREET.” DECOSTE CONTINUED: “[DARCIE JAMES AND I] WERE KIND OF LIKE FIXTURES, WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE, AND WE WEREN’T GOING AWAY… SOME OF THE MEMBERS, STILL TO THIS DAY, DON’T LIKE FEMALES IN THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND THAT’S PROBABLY NORMAL IN A LOT OF CASES… WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S UNIFORMS OF COURSE, AND THEN DARCIE AND I DID GET FLOWN TO CALGARY TO BE SIZED BY THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE. I THINK WE ONLY GOT TWO PAIRS OF PANTS, A SKIRT, AND A TUNIC. SO WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S PANTS [AND] TAKE THEM TO THE SEAMSTRESS … THE ONLY THING THE MEN DIDN’T HAVE WAS THE SKIRT, AND WE NEVER REALLY WORE THOSE… WE WERE ALSO ISSUED A PURSE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY BECAUSE WE NEVER CARRIED A PURSE, I MEAN, WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IN IT?... WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANGE ROOM TO BEGIN WITH; IT WAS A BATHROOM THAT WE HAD TO SHARE… BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS COULD HAVE CARED LESS THAT WE WERE THERE OR NOT… SO, I’D COME TO WORK IN MY UNIFORM, BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO CHANGE IN THE HALLWAY, OR THE BATHROOM, IF SOMEONE WAS IN THERE.” DECOSTE CONCLUDED: “[I WAS ON THE FORCE] 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS… THE WAY HAS BEEN PAVED IN MANY ASPECTS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS LONG AS THE PERSON IS QUALIFIED, THEN GENDER SHOULD NOT MATTER AT ALL AND THEY SHOULDN’T LOWER STANDARDS OR RAISE THEM – JUST TREAT EVERYBODY FAIRLY… WE’RE HERE, AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY, AND WE CAN DO THE JOB. I WAS NEVER TREATED WITH KID GLOVES OR HAD ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT AT ALL, NEVER, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER… YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT.” ON MARCH 5, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DARCIE JAMES ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JAMES’ DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GALT ARCHIVES. JAMES SAID: “AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, I WAS VERY INTRIGUED, AND THEN I KNEW WHAT MY PASSION WAS… [WHEN I WAS HIRED TO THE FORCE] THEY GAVE US A TRAINING BOOK, AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE NUMEROUS PORTIONS OF THE BOOK, SO THEY ASSIGNED YOU TO A TRAINER [AND] YOU WERE WITH THIS TRAINER FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND THEN YOU HAD TO ACHIEVE. [THE INSTRUCTORS] WERE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE… DAVE HASTIE [MY TRAINER] CHALLENGED ME THE WHOLE TIME. FOR 3 MONTHS I WOULD GO HOME AND I WOULD SAY ‘IS THIS FOR ME’? THEN WE FORMED A FRIENDSHIP [AND] I WAS VERY FORTUNATE… PAULETTE AND I WERE THE ONLY WOMEN FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, SO WE SORT OF SET THE STANDARD AT THAT TIME AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE… THEN THEY STARTED BRINGING ON MORE FEMALE MEMBERS… WE HAD TO WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET NOTICED [AND] IF A FEMALE MEMBER MESSED UP, THEY WOULD REFER TO IT AS ‘OK, WELL ALL WOMEN ARE GOING TO BE THAT WAY’. PAULETTE AND I RECOGNIZED THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, SO WE WERE EACH OTHER’S SUPPORT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE… THERE’S STILL THAT OLD STIGMA THAT MAYBE WE’RE IN A MAN’S ROLE AND WE’RE NOT [AS] SUCCESSFUL IN IT… IT’S CHANGED A LOT BUT THAT PERCEPTION IS STILL THERE. BUT WE’VE PROVEN [OURSELVES] OVER TIME.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW, AND COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES, AND INTERNAL MEMORANDI ON DECOSTE AND JAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20140008004
Acquisition Date
2014-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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