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Other Name
CITY POLICE GREATCOAT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19770085011
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CITY POLICE GREATCOAT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
131.5
Width
51
Description
FULL LENGTH, OPEN PLEATS, BLACK QUILT LINING. DOUBLE BREASTED 6 BUTTONS EACH SIDE. EPAULETS WITH BUTTONS. BLACK WOOL SERGE OUTER BODY. 2 SLASH POCKETS AT WAIST; STRAIGHT FLAPS. INSIDE RIGHT BREAST POCKET. REACH THROUGH SLITS IN SIDES
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
INDIVIDUALLY TAILORED BY TIP TOP TAILORS TORONTO. STANDARD ISSUE. GREATCOAT REPLACED EARLIER BUFFALO COAT OF CITY POLICE. "K. HUTSMAN".
Catalogue Number
P19770085011
Acquisition Date
1976-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
RCMP TROUSERS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970105005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP TROUSERS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
105.2
Width
40.4
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL TROUSERS WITH YELLOW STRIPE ALONG LENGTH OF EACH OUTER LEG. WAISTLINE AND POCKETS LINED WITH BLUE COTTON. WHITE TAG WITH "R.C.M.P." AND WASHING INSTRUCTIONS INSIDE WAIST. ZIPPERED FRONT WITH HOOK AND EYE CLOSURE; BUTTONED TAB OPPOSITE ON WAISTBAND.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR WAS A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FROM 1957 TO 1989. FOR MORE INFORMATION REFER TO P19970105001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970105005
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
RCMP FATIGUES
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970105007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP FATIGUES
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
76.2
Width
42.5
Description
BROWN COTTON TUNIC WITH STAND-UP COLLAR AND FOUR FRONTAL POCKETS. FIVE BRASS BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; ONE ON EACH BREAST POCKET AND SHOULDER TAB. ALL BUTTONS EMBOSSED WITH RCMP EMBLEM. UNLINED; NO TAGS OR MARKINGS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR WAS A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FROM 1957 TO 1989. JACKET WORN WITH PANTS (006) BY DONOR TO CLEAN STABLES ETC. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO P19970105001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970105007
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE CHAPLAIN
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960112012
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE CHAPLAIN
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
80
Description
WHITE COTTON-BLEND SHORT SLEEVE MENS COLLARED SHIRT WITH A BLACK BADGE ON THE RIGHT ARM WITH "CHAPLAIN" WRITTEN AND OUTLINED IN YELLOW TEXT. BOTH ARMS ARE TORN WHERE BADGES WERE REMOVED. INSIDE OF COLLAR HAS A LABEL MARKED "RANGE 600 65% POLYESTER 35% COTTON/COTON FABRIQUE PAR UNION MADE SAINTHILL LEVINE UNIFORMS". SHOULDERS ARE TORN BADLY, BUT REST OF SHIRT IS UNDAMAGED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
WORN BY THE CHAPLAIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT. POLICE NO LONGER HAVE A CHAPLAIN. FOR MORE HISTORY SEE P19960112116. *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
P19960112012
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
FIRE DEPARTMENT OVERCOAT
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, SATIN
Catalogue Number
P19970057002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FIRE DEPARTMENT OVERCOAT
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
COTTON, SATIN
No. Pieces
1
Length
104.4
Width
77.5 (SHOULDER)
Description
DARK BLUE COTTON THREE-QUARTER LENGTH COAT. FRONT BUTTON CLOSURE, WITH TWO PLASTIC BUTTONS HIDDEN BY FRONT FLAP OF COAT. SIDE POCKETS. WHITE EMBROIDERED SHOULDER FLASHES ON EACH SLEEVE, WITH "LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPT.". TAG INSIDE NECK WITH "ACHIEVEMENT IN FINE SPORTSWEAR CRAFT OF CANADA MADE IN CANADA". ZIPPER ALONG INTERIOR OF COAT FOR REMOVABLE LINER (NOT INCLUDED). SATIN LINING IS TORN NEAR SLEEVES AND AT BACK; COAT SLIGHTLY SOILED THROUGHOUT EXTERIOR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S UNCLE, ROBERT MOODIE, WHO WORKED FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR 38 YEARS, BEGINNING IN THE 1950S.
Catalogue Number
P19970057002
Acquisition Date
1997-06
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM TROUSERS
Date Range From
1965
Date Range To
1975
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19970084002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM TROUSERS
Date Range From
1965
Date Range To
1975
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
136
Width
40.5
Description
NAVY BLUE PAIR OF WOOL UNIFORM PANTS WITH TWO FRONT WELT POCKETS WITH BUTTON. BACK OF PANTS HAVE A HIGH WAISTBAND, WITH A "V" SHAPE DIP IN THE CENTRE. PANTS FASTEN WITH A BUTTON FLY. HAS BRIGHT YELLOW STRIPE DOWN SIDE SEAMS OF PANTS, FROM HIP DOWN TO THE CUFF THAT HAVE A BLACK LEATHER BOOT STRAP SEWN ONTO BOTTOM OF EACH LEG. EACH SIDE OF WAISTBAND HAS TWO PLASTIC BUTTONS ON EACH SIDE IN THE FRONT TO FASTEN SUSPENDERS. PANTS SHOW LITTLE WEAR OR DAMAGE
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FOR HISTORY OF KEN VEALS PLEASE SEE P19970084001-GA, OR P19970111001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970084002
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
WOMEN'S PRISON MATRON JACKET
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P19960112117
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WOMEN'S PRISON MATRON JACKET
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Length
73.6
Width
39.8
Description
NAVY BLUE POLYESTER WOMEN'S DRESS JACKET. TWO PLASTIC BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; TWO HIP POCKETS. SLIGHTLY TAILORED AT WAIST. NO LINING, MARKINGS, OR BELT. TAG INSIDE COLLAR READS "10R MARV HOLLAND INDUSTRIES LTD. CA04944".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. ON 7 APRIL 2014, RET. LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE CST. PAULETTE DE COSTE, ONE OF ITS FIRST FEMALE POLICE OFFICERS, STATED THAT SHE WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH THIS JACKET, COMMENTING THAT IT WAS MORE LIKELY WORN BY THE FORCE’S PRISON CELL MATRONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE MATRONS, SEE RECORD P20080008012. *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
P19960112117
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE DRESS JACKET
Date Range From
1978
Date Range To
1996
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19960112120
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE DRESS JACKET
Date Range From
1978
Date Range To
1996
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
No. Pieces
2
Length
81.3
Width
48.5
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL SERVICE DRESS JACKET. FOUR SILVER BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; ONE ON EACH OF FOUR EXTERIOR POCKETS AS WELL, AND THREE ON EACH CUFF. EACH SHOULDER HAS TRAPEZOID SHOULDER FLASH; BLACK WITH WHITE TRIM; EMBROIDERED "LETHBRIDGE POLICE" WITH CREST AT CENTRE. RIGHT SLEEVE HAS CHEVRON WITH THREE STRIPES. LEFT SLEEVE HAS TWO MARKSMAN BADGES AND TWO STARS. WHITE LANYARD AROUND LEFT SLEEVE. "DESIGNED BY LEO SINGER" TAG ON INSIDE RIGHT POCKET. LABEL INSIDE WITH "K. ROLFSON 7-8-78 42066 LEO SINGER".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. FORMAL DRESS UNIFORM; WOULD BE WORN WITH RED BELT (P19960112122-GA) AND WHITE GLOVES (P199601120121-GA). *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
P19960112120
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1984
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20080010002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1984
Materials
CLOTH
No. Pieces
2
Description
1. NAVY BLUE ZIPPERED JACKET, BADGE ON LEFT AND RIGHT UPPER ARM WITH YELLOW EMBROIDERY READING, "CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE." CHEST POCKETS ON BOTH SIDES, NAME-TAG ABOVE PROPER RIGHT POCKET WITH YELLOW EMBROIDERY READING, "G. B. MICHELSON." LABEL ON INSIDE NECK OF JACKET READS, "INSTANT UTILITY POLICE UNIFORM... SIZE 44-R." LENGTH 88.0, WIDTH 60.5. 2. NAVY BLUE PANTS, CARGO-STYLE POCKETS ON EITHER LEG OF PANTS, VELCRO STRIPS ALONG EITHER SIDE OF WAIST TO ADJUST FIT, RIGHT PROPER KNEE EXHIBITS SOILING. LENGTH 113.0, WIDTH 83.0.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR GLEN MICHELSON AT TIME OF DONATION, THIS JACKET AND PAIR OF PANTS WAS PART OF A SWAT UNIFORM. THE UNIFORM ALSO INCLUDED A CAP AND MISCELLANEOUS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20080010001 AND PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20080010002
Acquisition Date
2008-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER/COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960112112
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
POLYESTER/COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
83.8
Width
46.6
Description
NAVY BLUE SHORT SLEEVED DRESS SHIRT. FOUR BRASS BUTTONS AT FRONT BUTTON CLOSURE, EMBOSSED "POLICE FORCE" WITH CROWN AT CENTRE. TWO BREAST POCKETS AND SHOULDER TAB ALSO EACH HAVE BRASS BUTTON. SEMI-CIRCULAR SHOULDER FLASH ON EACH SLEEVE; BLUE WITH "CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE" EMBROIDERED IN WHITE TAG INSIDE COLLAR READS "TAILORED EXPECIALLY FOR E. WEHLAGE 9-8-74 ORDER NO. 89210 LEO SINGER". BOTTOM HEM OF BACK OF SHIRT TAIL IS FRAYED. WHITE STAINS AT COLLAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. SERGEANT WEHLAGE JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN JUNE 1974. HE WAS PROMOTED IN 1987 TO PATROL SERGEANT, THEN TO STAFF SERGEANT IN 1997. HE HAS BEEN ON PATROL, TRAFFIC, YOUTH SERVICES, AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DUTIES. THIS SHIRT WAS WORN DURING PATROL, AND WAS STANDARD SUMMER ISSUE. DETACHABLE BUTTONS FOR WASHING; WOULD HAVE BEEN WORN WITH WHITE T-SHIRT. *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
P19960112112
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE BREECHES
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19960112105
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE BREECHES
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
71.5
Width
37.5
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL POLICE UNIFORM BREECHES WITH 3 FRONT & 2 REAR POCKETS. BRASS ZIPPER & METAL CLIP FASTEN FLY. PANTS HAVE A NARROW BURGUNDY WOOL STRIPE DOWN OUTSIDE SEAM OF PANTS, FROM WAISTBAND TO THE CUFF. WAISTBAND HAS BUTTONS INSIDE TO FASTEN SUSPENDERS. HIPS ARE FLARED WITH NARROW CALVES WITH 12 EYELETS ON EACH TO LACE UP. A LARGE PANEL OF FABRIC IS SEWN ON REAR AND INSIDE OFLEGS FOR EXTRA STRENGTH. LABEL ON INSIDE OF WAISTBAND MARKED "TAILORED ESPECIALLY FOR W. WEST" "DATE: JUNE 6-?" "ORDER NO 3415" & "KEN BAKER'S MENS WEAR". PANTS ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, WITH LITTLE DAMAGE OR WEAR EVIDENT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO ONE OFFICER, IN 1961 WHEN THE MOTORCYCLE TRAFFIC DIVISION WAS INTRODUCED, SGT. WEST REQUESTED THEY WEAR DIFFERENT COLOURED UNIFORMS W/ BOOTS & BREECHES. PANTS WERE BORROWED FROM THE CITY OF EDMONTON AS AN EXAMPLE, AND IN 1961 THE PANTS TAILOR MADE BY LEO SINGER IN LETHBRIDGE. SEE P19960112001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY ON MOTORCYCLE CORPS. *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
P19960112105
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SHIRT, LONG-SLEEVED, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”
Date Range From
1996
Date Range To
2004
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20100048001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHIRT, LONG-SLEEVED, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”
Date Range From
1996
Date Range To
2004
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
89
Width
49
Description
LONG SLEEVED NAVY POLYESTER SHIRT WITH COLLAR AND BUTTON AND ZIPPER CLOSURE DOWN FRONT. EPAULETS AT SHOULDERS AND BUTTONED POCKETS AT CHEST. EMBROIDERED PATCHES ON BOTH SHOULDERS DEPICT A CROWNED CREST IN YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE AND RED WITH TEXT READING “LETHBRIDGE POLICE” IN WHITE. BRAND TAG AT INNER COLLAR READS “SWAT – R. NICOLLS”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS STYLE OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE UNIFORM SHIRT WAS IN USE BETWEEN 1995 AND 2004. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 22, 1996 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT TRANSITIONED FROM LIGHT BLUE TO DARK NAVY SHIRTS THAT YEAR TO REFLECT CHANGING TRENDS AND FURTHER DIFFERENTIATE OFFICERS FROM OTHER UNIFORMED OCCUPATIONS SUCH AS COMMISSIONAIRES AND POSTAL WORKERS. THE SHOULDER PATCHES ON THIS SHIRT READ “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”, DEMONSTRATING THAT THE SHIRT PREDATES THE DECEMBER 2004 UNVEILING OF THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE CREST, WHEN COALDALE WAS ADDED TO THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE JURISDICTION. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE LRPS UNIFORM AND BADGE DESIGN. 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
P20100048001
Acquisition Date
2010-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE WINTER COAT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, PLASTIC, CHROME
Catalogue Number
P19960112124
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE WINTER COAT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1990
Materials
NYLON, PLASTIC, CHROME
No. Pieces
4
Length
77.5
Width
51.5
Description
SHINY BLACK NYLON JACKET WITH A ZIP-OUT NAVY BLUE QUILTED LINER AND A REMOVEABLE FUR COLLAR. JACKET AND LINER EACH HAVE LABEL MARKED "INTERNATIONAL UNIFORMS LTD. STYLE: M6125 SIZE: 40R CITY: LETHBRIDGE POLICE". BOTH SLEEVES HAVE THE "LETHBRIDGE POLICE" BADGES SEWN ON, WITH 2 SINGLE STAR BADGES SEWN BELOW ON THE LEFT ARM. FRONT HAS TWO HIP POCKETS, & TWO FLAP CHEST POCKETS THAT FASTEN WITH A CHROME "POLICE FORCE" BUTTON ON EACH. ABOVE THE LEFT CHEST POCKET ARE TWO EYELETS SEWN ONTO A SMALL PIECE OF FABRIC, USED TO MOUNT BADGE. BLACK LEATHER TRIMMED CUFFS. HEAVY BLACK PLASTIC ZIPPER UP ENTIRE FRONT OF JACKET, USED TO FASTEN. ON THE LOWER SECTION OF THE LEFT SLEEVE ARE TWO SOILED FIREARMS BADGES. ITEM IS IN GOOD CONDITION, LITTLE WEAR BUT SLIGHTLY SOILED. *UPDATE - ARTIFACT MADE OF FOUR PIECES, RATHER THAN THREE. THE FOURTH PIECE IS A VEST MADE OF NYLON. OUTSIDE IS BROWN WITH A FADED LABEL MARKED, "INTERNATIONAL UNIFORMS LTD." AFFIXED TO THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER. INSIDE OF VEST IS SILVER. VEST ZIPS OVER TOP OF QUILTED LINER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ON 28 FEBRUARY, 1975, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED A PHOTO AND CAPTION, STATING THAT THE POLICE WERE "EXPERIMENTING WITH A NEW JACKET" AND WERE IN THE PROCESS OF INTRODUCING THIS JACKET INTO SERVICE AND RETIRING P19960112131. FOR PHOTO AND ARTICLE, PLEASE REFERENCE THE PERMANENT FILE. *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
P19960112124
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P. TUNIC WITH BELT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970105004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. TUNIC WITH BELT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
78
Width
45.5
Description
BROWN WOOL SERGE SERVICE ORDER TUNIC. FOUR WHITE METAL BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; ALSO ONE ON EACH OF TWO BREAST POCKETS AND TWO ON EACH SLEEVE AND COLLAR TAB. LEFT SLEEVE HAS SHOULDER FLASH WITH "ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE GENDARMERIE ROYALE DU CANADA" IN GOLD. THREE GOLD STARS BELOW, AND FIREARM INSIGNIA ON LOWER SLEEVE. RIGHT SLEEVE HAS SHOULDER FLASH AND TWO GOLD CHEVRONS. TUNIC HAS SOME BROWN COTTON LINING AT COLLAR AND ON POCKETS. INCLUDES WOOL BELT WITH NICKEL-PLATED BUCKLE; LINED WITH BROWN COTTON ON REVERSE. TWO BRASS COLLAR PINS WERE ADDED AT A LATER DATE. THESE ARE NOT A PART OF THE ORIGINAL ARTIFACT AND HAVE BEEN INCLUDED TO MAKE THE ARTIFACT MORE COMPLETE. THESE COLLARS ARE NOT ARTIFACTS IN THE COLLECTION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR WAS A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FROM 1957 TO 1989. TUNIC'S INSIGNIA DENOTES RANK OF CORPORAL WITH OVER FIFTEEN YEARS' SERVICE. DONOR WAS A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FROM 1957 TO 1989. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO P19970105001-GA. TWO BRASS COLLAR PINS WERE ADDED AT A LATER DATE, AND ARE NOT A PART OF THE ORIGINAL ARTIFACT. THEY DO NOT SHARE THE SAME HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970105004
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SAM BROWNE SHOULDER STRAP
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BAKELLITE, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19960107001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SAM BROWNE SHOULDER STRAP
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
BAKELLITE, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
98.7
Width
3.3
Description
BLACK LEATHER SHOULDER STRAP WITH LOOPS ON EACH END THAT ATTACH TO A BELT. LOOPS WRAP AROUND BELT AND STEEL KNOB SLIDES THROUGH CUT IN OPENING OF LEATHER TO FASTEN. CLOSE TO END IS A BUCKLE USED TO ADJUST SIZE OF STRAP. HAS VERY LITTLE DAMAGE OR WEAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FRANK JAMES BATHGATE WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE AND GREW UP IN THE PARK LAKE AREA. HE APPLIED TO THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN 1951 AND WAS APPOINTED CONSTABLE ON JANUARY 14, 1953. HE WAS THEN PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ACTING SERGEANT IN 1960, AND IN 1967 PROMOTED TO DETECTIVE IN THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BRANCH, WHERE HE WAS APPOINTED HEAD OF NARCOTICS AND DANGEROUS DRUG SECTION OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. IN 1971 FRANK WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF DETECTIVE SERGEANT AND WAS THE HEAD OF THE NEWLY CREATED CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE UNIT, IN ADDITION TO HIS DUTIES IN THE DRUG UNIT. ACCORDING TO ONE DOCUMENT (PERM RECORD), HE WAS AN INTEGRAL PART IN THE FORMATION OF THE CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICE OF CANADA, WHICH DEALS WITH ORGANIZED CRIME AND OTHER AREAS OF NATIONAL INTEREST. IN JUNE OF 1978 HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF INSPECTOR, AND TOOK OVER COMMAND OF THE UNIFORMED PATROL DIVISION. IN AUGUST OF 1979 BATHGATE WAS PROMOTED TO SUPERINTENDENT AND FOURTEEN MONTHS LATER PROMOTED TO DEPUTY CHIEF OF POLICE. HE HELD THIS APPOINTMENT UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1988. FRANK BATHGATE PASSED AWAY IN 1996.
Catalogue Number
P19960107001
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
POLICE DRESS TUNIC
Date Range From
1967
Date Range To
1981
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19960112115
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE DRESS TUNIC
Date Range From
1967
Date Range To
1981
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
No. Pieces
3
Length
84
Width
47.8
Description
NAVY BLUE/BLACK HIGH COLLAR DRESS TUNIC. FOUR SILVER BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE. SILVER BUTTON ALSO ON EACH OF FOUR FRONT POCKETS. TWO ON EACH SLEEVE CUFF. LEFT SLEEVE OF UNIFORM HAS MARKSMAN BADGE ABOVE CUFF, AND THREE GOLD STARS ON UPPER SLEEVE. RIGHT HAS CHEVRON WITH THREE GOLD STRIPES. BRASS COLLAR DOGS ARE OF LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE CREST. BRASS SHOULDER TITLES READING "POLICE" ON BOTH SHOULDERS. DETACHABLE WHITE COLLAR; STAMPED "TIP TOP TAILORED MADE IN ENGLAND". UNIFORM INCLUDES GOLD LANYARD AROUND RIGHT SHOULDER. BELT MISSING TAG INSIDE LEFT BREAST POCKET READS "24239 - JOHN BLACK DON LEE 6-3-68".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. FORMAL DRESS UNIFORM; WOULD BE WORN WITH RED BELT, WHITE GLOVES AND WELLINGTONS. DON LEE CLAIMED IN 2006 THAT THE UNIFORM’S SERGEANTS’ CHEVRON WAS ADDED IN 1981. BASED ON CHEVRON’S LACK OF CROWN AND 3 STARS (1 FOR EVERY FIVE YEARS) ON OPPOSITE ARM’S CUFF, HE WOULD DATE UNIFORM’S LAST DAYS OF WEAR TO APPROXIMATELY 1982. THE GOLD LANYARD WAS STANDARD WEAR WITH THE DRESS TUNIC. ANYONE WEARING THE NON-DRESS, SERVICE TUNIC WORE A WHITE LANYARD. THE UNIFORM WAS THE FIRST FORMAL TUNIC OF ITS KIND TO BE ISSUED TO POLICE OFFICERS. LEE RECALLED WEARING IT ON REMEMBRANCE DAYS, FOR MEDAL CEREMONIES AND FOR THE POLICEMAN’S BALL. IT CAME WITH A WIDE-STRIPPED PANT THAT FEATURED AN ELASTIC STRAP THAT WENT AROUND THE WEARER’S BOOT HEEL. THE PANTS WERE WORN SUSPENDERS – NO BELT. LEE BEGAN HIS SERVICE WITH THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE IN 1967. IN 1995, BY THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT, HE HAD BEEN PROMOTED UP THROUGH THE RANKS TO THE OFFICE OF ACTING CHIEF OF POLICE. HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS SERVICE INCLUDE SUPERVISING 70 UNIFORMED RANKS IN TRAFFIC AND PATROL DIVISIONS, 2ND IN COMMAND FOR MAJOR CRIME INVESTIGATION, S.W.A.T. COMMANDER AND MEMBER RECRUITING AND TRAINING. AT THE TIME THAT HE WORE THE UNIFORM, LEE WAS IN THE PATROL AND TRAFFIC DIVISIONS, PROVIDING FIRST RESPONSE TO MAJOR INCIDENTS IN ADDITION TO INVESTIGATING VEHICLE ACCIDENTS AND ENFORCING TRAFFIC LAWS. FOR MORE DETAILS ON HIS CAREER, SEE THE HARDCOPY FILE. *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
P19960112115
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SHIRT, “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE”
Date Range From
2008
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20100050003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHIRT, “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE”
Date Range From
2008
Date Range To
2010
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
74.5
Width
50
Description
NAVY SHORT-SLEEVED, COLLARED POLYESTER SHIRT WITH BUTTON AND ZIPPER CLOSURE DOWN FRONT. EPAULETS AT SHOULDERS AND BUTTONED POCKETS AT CHEST. EMBROIDERED PATCHES ON BOTH SHOULDERS DEPICT A CROWNED CREST IN YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE AND RED WITH TEXT READING “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE” IN BLACK AND “POLICE LETHBRIDGE” IN WHITE, ABOVE A CANADIAN FLAG. BRAND TAG AT INNER COLLAR READS “HORACE SMALL APPAREL COMPANY”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS SHIRT WAS WORN BY SERGEANT GEORGE CARSCADDEN AS PART OF HIS DAILY SERVICE UNIFORM DURING HIS CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE FORCE. CARSCADDEN JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE IN 1997, AFTER WORKING WITH THE PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SERVICES IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA FROM 1988 TO 1997. DURING HIS CAREER IN PEEL, CARSCADDEN RECEIVED SPECIAL TRAINING, INCLUDING COMPLETING THE FBI’S OBSERVER/SNIPER COURSE, WHICH INFORMED HIS APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE TO THE TACTICAL UNIT IN LETHBRIDGE. REGARDING THIS SHIRT, CARSCADDEN SAID: “THAT [IS FROM] THE PATROL WORLD… THEY HAD JUST SWITCHED A COUPLE OF MONTHS PRIOR [TO HIS JOINING THE FORCE], FROM THE LIGHT BLUE [SHIRTS] TO THE DARK BLUE… THE SHIRTS AVERAGED 2-3 YEARS [OF WEAR].” THIS SHIRT HAS THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SHOULDER PATCH THAT WAS INTRODUCED IN DECEMBER 2004 TO REFLECT THE FORCE’S REGIONALIZATION TO INCLUDE COALDALE, AND IN 2015 CARSCADDEN SAID HE HAD BEEN WEARING IT JUST PRIOR TO STARTING THE DONATION PROCESS IN 2010. ON JULY 28, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SGT. CARSCADDEN ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LRPS. CARSCADDEN SAID: ““[I STARTED OUT] IN PATROLS… I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN SOME OF THE THINGS THEY HAD IN THE TACTICAL WORLD, SO I APPLIED, AND WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET ON THEIR PART-TIME TACTICAL TEAM WITHIN LETHBRIDGE [FROM 1999 – 2012]… I WAS [ALSO] ASKED IF I COULD GO INTO THE COMMUNITY LIAISON UNIT, AND WHEN I WAS IN THAT UNIT WE HAD A NEW POLICE CHIEF [CHIEF MIDDLETON-HOPE] WHO HAD AN INTEREST IN EXPANDING SOME OF THE ROLES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE UNIT [SO WE FORMED] A DIVERSITY UNIT [IN 2003]… THAT HAD A HAND IN DEVELOPING [RELATIONSHIPS WITH] DIFFERENT ETHNIC GROUPS IN YOUR COMMUNITY, AND HOW YOU CAN APPROACH THEM SO THEY CAN ASSIST YOU, AND VICE-VERSA FOR THEM IF THERE’S A NEED FOR HELP WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. SO I’M VERY PROUD OF THAT, AND THERE’S A COUPLE OF THINGS I WAS INVOLVED WITH IN THAT UNIT THAT WERE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EXPERIENCES. [WE HOLD] A TEEPEE SERVICE, AND I AM THE OFFICIAL TEEPEE KEEPER, AND VERY HONOURED WITH THE DIFFERENT RESPONSIBILITIES THAT WERE HANDED OVER TO ME BY THE ELDERS WITHIN THIS AREA. SO IT’S REALLY AMAZING DOING THE JOB – REALLY IMPACTFUL, NOT ONLY FOR YOURSELF BUT THE COMMUNITY… THEN AFTER THE DIVERSITY UNIT AND BACK OUT ONTO PATROLS [IN 2006] AND THEN I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET PROMOTED… THEY PUT ME INTO THE TRAINING UNIT AGAIN, BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE EXPERIENCES THAT I HAD… THEN, JUST RECENTLY, I’M BACK ON PATROLS AS PATROL SUPERVISOR, WHICH IS FANTASTIC.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20100050003
Acquisition Date
2010-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
POLICE WINTER JACKET
Date Range From
1995
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20080008016
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE WINTER JACKET
Date Range From
1995
Date Range To
2007
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, METAL
No. Pieces
2
Length
89.0
Width
88.5
Description
NAVY ZIP UP WINTER COAT WITH ZIP OUT INNER LAYER - 2 PIECES. 1. INNER COAT - NAVY BLUE POLYESTER ZIP-UP COAT. COAT IS FILLED WITH INSULATING LAYER. BOTH SHOULDERS HAVE MATCHING PATCHES THAT DEPICT A CROWN OVER A SHIELD SURROUNDED BY LEAVES. TWO BANNERS STATE "LETHBRIDGE" AND "REGIONAL POLICE". UNDERNEATH THE BOTTOM BANNER IS A BEAVER. BELOW THAT IN COLD STITCHING IS "POLICE, LETHBRIDGE". A CANADIAN FLAG IS EMBROIDERED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PATCH. THE WAIST IS ELASTICIZED WITH A VENT ZIPPER ON EITHER SIDE. JUST ABOVE WAIST IN FRONT OF COAT ARE TWO FLAP POCKETS WITH VELCRO CLOSURE. INSIDE TAG MARKED "TRIUM". 80.0 CM LONG BY 88.5 CM WIDE. 2. OUTER COAT. NAVY, ZIP-UP NYLON COAT. FRONT ZIPPER HAS AN OVERLAPPING SNAP CLOSURE. INSIDE ZIPPER FOR ZIP-IN LAYERS. TO VELCRO FLAPS ON FRONT, ONE MARKED "T. MCKENZIE" IN GOLD EMBROIDERY. TWO FLAP POCKETS WITH VELCRO CLOSURES ON BOTTOM FRONT OF JACKET. BOTH SHOULDERS HAVE MATCHING PATCHES THAT DEPICT A CROWN OVER A SHIELD SURROUNDED BY LEAVES. TWO BANNERS STATE "LETHBRIDGE" AND "REGIONAL POLICE". UNDERNEATH THE BOTTOM BANNER IS A BEAVER. BELOW THAT IN COLD STITCHING IS "POLICE, LETHBRIDGE". A CANADIAN FLAG IS EMBROIDERED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PATCH. ELASTICIZED WAIST AND SLEEVES. ZIPPER ON BACK OF COLLAR OPENS TO REVEAL A HOOD. INSIDE TAG MARKED "TRIUM". 89.0 CM LONG BY 82.5 CM WIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS JACKET WAS OWNED BY CHIEF OF POLICE (2006 TO PRESENT, 2011), TOM MCKENZIE OF THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE (LRPS). ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, THIS TYPE OF COAT CAME INTO USE AROUND THE MID TO LATE 1990S. PRIOR TO THAT THEY WERE USING A NYLON PEA COAT. THIS TYPE OF COAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MORE VERSATILE SO IT COULD BE USED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THE LIGHTER LAYERS COULD BE WORN DURING THE SPRING WHILE THE LAYERS COULD BE COMBINED TO MAKE A WARM COAT IN THE WINTER. THEY ARE STILL USING A SIMILAR TYPE OF COAT BUT IT IS MADE BY A DIFFERENT COMPANY WITH NEWER MATERIALS. TOM MCKENZIE BEGAN WORKING WITH THE LRPS IN 1976 AND WORKED HIS WAY UP THROUGH THE RANKS TO BECOME CHIEF OF POLICE IN 2006. HE SAID, "STARTING OUT AS A CONSTABLE YOU'RE FOCUSED ON GETTING OUT ON THE STREET AND WORKING AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY. AS YOU PROGRESS IN THAT YOU TAKE ON NEW CHALLENGES. THIS IS A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO TAKE ON ANOTHER CHALLENGE... TO GIVE BACK AGAIN TO A COMMUNITY AND TO A SERVICE THAT HAS TREATED ME VERY WELL THROUGHOUT MY WHOLE CAREER. " FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008016
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE
Date Range From
1979
Date Range To
1991
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER/COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960112111
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE
Date Range From
1979
Date Range To
1991
Materials
POLYESTER/COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
86.3
Width
52.1
Description
LIGHT BLUE SHORT SLEEVED DRESS SHIRT. FRONT BUTTON CLOSURE, WITH SEVEN CLEAR PLASTIC BUTTONS. SLEEVES HAVE UPTURNED CUFFS. TWO BREAST POCKETS. SEMI-CIRCULAR SHOULDER FLASH ON EACH SHOULDER; BLACK WITH "CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE" EMBROIDERED IN WHITE. RECTANGULAR BADGE BELOW EACH, WITH "COURT ORDERLY" EMBROIDERED. TAG INSIDE COLLAR READS "ARMOR"; BLACK LETTERS AND NUMBERS STAMPED ABOVE ARE ILLEGIBLE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THE FOLLOWING NARRATIVE WAS PRODUCED BY GALT TECH KEVIN MACLEAN AS THE RESULT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EXHIBIT ON THE POLICE AUXILIARY IN 2009. SOURCES CONSULTED INCLUDED SEVERAL INTERVIEWS WITH SERVING AND RETIRED MEMBERS OF THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE, A RETIRED MEMBER OF THE CIVIL DEFENCE POLICE, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE CITY MANAGER’S RECORDS IN THE GALT ARCHIVES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE REFERENCE THE ARTIFACT’S PERMANENT FILE AND RELEVANT ARTIFACT P19960112110. ALSO SEE E. KREEFT INTERVIEW IN FILE 20090009001/2. FOR OVER HALF A CENTURY AN “AUXILIARY” EXISTED WITHIN THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE. WHAT DEFINED “AUXILIARY”, HOWEVER, IS ANOTHER MATTER. THE “AUXILIARY” INCLUDED SUPPORT POSITIONS FROM MATRONS TO THE JANITOR AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN - CONTRACTED WARDENS, THE CITY POUND KEEPER, SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS (1966) AND “CHALK MARKERS” WHO ENFORCED PARKING REGULATIONS. FOR A TIME IN 1955 THE MARKERS WERE POLICE SPECIAL CONSTABLES, BUT ULTIMATELY THAT JOB WAS CONTRACTED TO THE COMMISSIONAIRES IN 1959. INCLUDED AMONG THIS VARIETY OF JOBS WERE THE “AUXILIARY POLICE”. AT TIMES FROM THE 1950S UNTIL TODAY, SWORN, TRAINED AUXILIARY MEMBERS PROVIDED BOOTS-ON-THE-GROUND SUPPORT TO CONSTABLES ON PATROL. PAID AND UNPAID, THE AUXILIARY POLICE WERE OCCASIONALLY JUSTIFIED AS A NECESSARY RESERVE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. AT ITS ROOT, HOWEVER, THE AUXILIARY WAS A RECRUITING TOOL, ALLOWING THE POLICE TO SELECT FUTURE CONSTABLES FROM A POOL OF CITIZENS WHO ALREADY KNEW THE INS AND OUTS POLICE WORK. IN 1958, THE POLICE INITIATED A PROGRAM WHICH INVITED YOUNG MEN TO SERVE WITH THE CITY POLICE AS CADET CONSTABLES. THE CADETS NEEDED TO HAVE COMPLETED TWO YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL, WERE PAID, UNARMED AND DID NOT HAVE FULL POWERS OF ARREST. CHIEF CONSTABLE CARPENTER ADVOCATED FOR THE USE OF CADETS, SAYING, “THEY RELIEVED REGULAR OFFICERS FOR MORE SERIOUS ASPECTS OF POLICE WORK.” THE PROGRAM, HOWEVER, WAS ABOLISHED WITHIN MONTHS DUE TO A GRIEVANCE BY THE POLICE ASSOCIATION. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PROGRAM’S DEMISE, THREE OF THE CADETS, INCLUDING ALEXANDER PARK AND WILLIAM ALBERTSON, WERE HIRED AS PROBATIONARY CONSTABLES. THE FORCE REINSTATED ITS CONTROVERSIAL AUXILIARY-STYLE PROGRAM IN 1962. RETIRED INSPECTOR BILL PLOMP, WHO VOLUNTEERED IN 1962, RECALLED OF THE “EXPERIMENTAL” PROGRAM IN 2009, “IF WE DIDN’T FOLLOW THIS PROCESS THEN WE WOULDN’T BE CONSIDERED FOR HIRING.” IN ADDITION TO ATTENDING WEEKLY CLASSES, HE WALKED THE 8 - 12 P.M. BEAT WITH A “MENTOR” FORCE MEMBER. IN 1964, THE CITY ANNOUNCED ITS PLAN TO RECRUIT A 25-MEMBER VOLUNTEER AUXILIARY FORCE, COINCIDING WITH THE DEMISE OF THE CIVIL DEFENSE POLICE. OPERATING UNDER THE CONTROL OF POLICE CHIEF CARPENTER, IT WAS, ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, TO TAKE PART IN REGULAR PATROLS AND TO ENHANCE PROTECTION IN TIMES OF A CIVIL EMERGENCY. RETIRED CONSTABLE LEON BRUNEAU SAW THE HERALD ARTICLE AND VOLUNTEERED - “THOSE WERE THE DAYS WHERE EXCITEMENT WAS A BIG THING FOR ME” HE SAID IN 2009. AS FOR THE AUXILIARY AFTER 1964, HE STATED, “I THINK THAT WAS THE END OF IT … THE WHOLE THING JUST DRIED UP.” BEGINNING 1979, THE FORCE ACCESSED SUMMER EMPLOYMENT GRANTS TO HIRE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENTS TO ASSIST WITH COURT DETAIL AND IDENTIFICATION SECTION WORK. IN 2009, INSPECTOR COLIN CATONIO, A COURT ORDERLY SERVING IN 1979, SAID, “[COURT DETAIL] WOULD NEED SOME SUPPORT, SO RATHER THAN PULL A CONSTABLE FROM THE STREET THEY FELT THE ROLE COULD BE FILLED BY A STUDENT.” THE PROGRAM WAS OF BENEFIT TO BOTH THE FORCE AND THE STUDENTS. RETIRED CONSTABLE ERNIE KREEFT REMARKED IN 2009 ABOUT THE STUDENTS, “[THE FORCE] GOT A GOOD INSIGHT INTO THE TYPE OF PERSON THEY WERE AND IF THEY WOULD BE A SUITABLE CANDIDATE.” ADDED CATONIO, “[REGULAR MEMBERS] THAT HAVE THE INCLINATION TO BE GOOD TEACHERS AND ROLE MODELS REALLY APPRECIATED HAVING SOMEONE WITH THEM [WHO] THEY COULD SHOW SOME STUFF AND HELP ALONG WITH THEIR CAREERS.” BY 2008, THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE CONTINUED TO UTILIZE PAID STUDENTS WITH A DIFFERENCE - THEY NO LONGER WORE A UNIFORM. BASED ON PUBLISHED LETHBRIDGE HERALD PHOTOGRAPHS, THE UNIFORM'S HALF-MOON FLASH WAS INSTITUTED IN 1961 AND DISCONTINUED IN 1991. *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
P19960112111
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
JACKET AND PANTS, DESERT CAMOUFLAGE, “TACTICAL”
Date Range From
2006
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20100050005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JACKET AND PANTS, DESERT CAMOUFLAGE, “TACTICAL”
Date Range From
2006
Date Range To
2010
Materials
CANVAS, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
76.5
Width
52
Description
.A – LONG SLEEVED, COLLARED CANVAS JACKET IN IRREGULAR PATTERN IN SHADES OF BROWN, WITH GREY AND BLACK SPOTS. BUTTON CLOSURE DOWN FRONT. CHEST AND HIP POCKETS ON BOTH SIDES. BLACK EMBROIDERED PATCHES ON BOTH SHOULDERS DEPICT A CROWNED CREST IN GREY WITH TEXT READING “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE” AND “POLICE LETHBRIDGE” ABOVE A CANADIAN FLAG. PATCH ABOVE LEFT CHEST POCKET READS “TACTICAL”. TAG AT INNER COLLAR READS “LARGE – REGULAR” AND LISTS SIZE SPECIFICATIONS. THIS NUMBER “8048” IS WRITTEN BENEATH TAG IN PERMANENT MARKER. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 76.5 X 52 .B – CANVAS PANTS IN IRREGULAR PATTERN IN SHADES OF BROWN, WITH GREY AND BLACK SPOTS. BUTTON FLU CLOSURE WITH BUCKLED STRAPS ALONG WAISTBAND. DRAWSTRINGS AT ANKLES. HIP, SEAT, AND THIGH POCKETS. TAG AT INNER WAISTBAND READS “LARGE – REGULAR” AND LISTS SIZE SPECIFICATIONS. THE NUMBER “8048” IS WRITTEN INSIDE UNDER WAISTBAND IN PERMANENT MARKER. GENERAL WEAR THROUGHOUT, ESPECIALLY AT KNEES. STAINS OF PINK INK ALONG OUTER FLY. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 108 X 48
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS DESERT CAMOUFLAGE (ALSO KNOWN AS “CHOCOLATE CHIP” PATTERN) UNIFORM WAS WORN BY SERGEANT GEORGE CARSCADDEN DURING HIS SERVICE WITH THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT. CARSCADDEN JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE IN 1997, AFTER WORKING WITH THE PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SERVICES IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA FROM 1988 TO 1997. DURING HIS CAREER IN PEEL, CARSCADDEN RECEIVED SPECIAL TRAINING, INCLUDING COMPLETING THE FBI’S OBSERVER/SNIPER COURSE, WHICH INFORMED HIS SERVICE WITH THE TACTICAL UNIT IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1999 TO 2012. CARSCADDEN DESCRIBED HIS USE OF THIS UNIFORM AS SUCH: “THERE WERE A COUPLE OF CALLS WHERE I’VE WORN THAT UNIFORM… WHEN WE HAD BLACK, AND THAT WAS THE ONLY UNIFORM WE HAD, IN DAYTIME OPERATIONS YOU COULD SEE US LIKE FLIES IN SOUP. HAVING THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM MADE US MORE CONCEALABLE, AND THAT HELPS OUT IN DIFFERENT PLACES. THERE’S LOTS OF THINGS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY WHERE THIS WOULD BLEND IN, IN THE DAYTIME… OUR TERRAIN IS MORE SANDY, A MORE DESERT-STYLE ENVIRONMENT. WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TALL TREES. WE DON’T NEED TO HAVE URBAN CAMO. WE RAN A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLOTHING THAT WE WERE COMPARING, AND THIS WAS THE BEST FOR WHAT OUR BACKGROUND WAS… IT’S ALL ABOUT IF WE CAN GET IN POSITION AND NOT BE EASILY OBSERVED. THAT PUTS YOURSELF AT LESS OF A RISK, AND THAT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE OFFICERS.” ON JULY 28, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SGT. CARSCADDEN ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LRPS TACTICAL UNIT. CARSCADDEN SAID: “FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WENT AS A QUARRY… ALL DIFFERENT SPECIALTY UNITS THAT HAVE SOME KIND OF TACTICAL SCENARIO LIKE TO HAVE QUARRIES TO [HELP TRAIN THEM] TO DO THEIR JOB BETTER, SO I THOUGHT ‘I’LL GO WORK AS A QUARRY TO SHOW THEM I’M INTERESTED’. A QUARRY IS GENERALLY A BAD GUY – YOU PRETEND YOU’RE HIDING, OR MOVING OR YELLING OR RUNNING AWAY AND TRYING TO EVADE THEM, AND THEY ARE TRYING TO CAPTURE YOU… IT TOOK A COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH… IN THE MOVEMENT OF THE TEAM THAT THERE WERE [POSITIONS OPEN]… THERE IS A PHYSICAL, AND INTERVIEW, SOME TESTS… I WENT THROUGH AND STUDIED, AND DID THE BEST THAT I COULD… MAKING SURE YOU ARE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE BECAUSE YOU ARE CARRYING AN EXTRA 50 POUNDS OF GEAR… THAT’S JUST THE GEAR THAT YOU ARE CARRYING ON YOURSELF, NOT A RAM OR DIFFERENT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT THAT YOU MIGHT BE MOVING INTO PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS… I WAS AROUND 35 [YEARS OLD]. I WAS AN OLDER GUY APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION, BUT I WAS IN GOOD SHAPE AND HAD SOME GOOD EXPERIENCES THAT MADE ME COMPETITIVE, SO I DON’T THINK YOUR AGE TAKES YOU OUT OF THE EQUATION IF YOU ARE REALLY DETERMINED.” CARSCADDEN CONTINUED: “I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS WITHIN [THE TACTICAL] UNIT… I STARTED OFF AS AN ASSAULTER… THE PERSON WHO CARRIES ALL THE GEAR, SO YOU’RE IN THE BACK… THE LAST PERSON THAT COMES IN. IT’S A GOOD POSITION TO START OFF WITH. IT MAKES IT SAFER FOR WHEN YOU’RE GOING INTO THESE HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENTS… FROM THERE I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE OBSERVER, THEN A SNIPER, THEN FROM THERE… A BREECHER. SO YOU ARE BREECHING DOORS AND WINDOWS. [THEN] I WENT TO THE FRONT OF THE TACTICAL LINE-UP, WHICH IS THE SCOUT… THEN THE LAST SIX YEARS THAT I WAS ON THE TACTICAL TEAM, I WAS THE PERSON IN CHARGE, THE TEAM LEADER… AND I WAS RUNNING OPERATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR CANINE UNIT AND OUR EXPLOSIVES DISPOSAL UNIT… THE TRAINING IS REALLY GOOD. [THE TEAM] TRAINS EVERY TWO WEEKS, AND DO LOTS OF MOVEMENTS AND SHOOTING AND TACTICS. IT’S A PERISHABLE SKILL, THAT IF YOU DON’T REPEAT AND PRACTICE IT ALL THE TIME, IT DIMINISHES… PRACTICE IS IMPORTANT. IT ALLOWS YOU TO BE BETTER AT YOUR GAME... YOU NEED TO HAVE A MINDSET [OF] BEING NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY TOUGH, BUT MENTALLY TOUGH, WHEN YOU DEAL WITH THINGS IN A HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENT… YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF DRIVE TO GET YOU THROUGH THINGS.” CARSCADDEN CONCLUDED: “ONE OF THE THINGS I’M PROUD OF ON THE TACTICAL SIDE IS THAT I WAS THE OFFICER WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING LESS LETHAL CAPABILITY TO THE TEAM… [WE] MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN SAVING SOMEBODY’S LIFE. WE HELP THEM THROUGH THAT TIME OF NEED… WE HAVE ESTABLISHED WHERE, IN THE PAST IF THAT PERSON COULD HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SHOT AND INJURED, IF NOT FATALLY SHOT, THAT PERSON NOW CAN BE DEALT WITH A LESS LETHAL MEANS… WE ARE ABLE TO RESTRAIN, ARREST, WITH THESE LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES. THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE FOR THEM… THE EXPERIENCES THAT I HAD IN PEEL [SHOWED ME LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES] IN OPERATION AND HOW IT WORKED… THEY WERE ONE OF THE FIRST SERVICES IN CANADA TO HAVE THE RUBBER BULLET… WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT TACTICS AND HOW YOU CAN DO IT BETTER, THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I RECOGNIZED, THAT [LETHBRIDGE] COULD BRING THIS ON. IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR OUR TEAM AND OUR COMMUNITY: AS OPPOSED TO SHOOTING SOMEBODY AND STOPPING THEM THAT WAY, WE COULD USE THE [RUBBER BULLET] OR BEANBAG ROUND AND THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP STOP THESE PEOPLE [BUT] SAVE THEIR LIVES… IT REALLY OPENS PEOPLE’S EYES WHEN THEY SEE THAT THERE’S A LOT OF OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO PUT IN PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS. AND WHEN PEOPLE SEE THERE’S ANOTHER WAY OF DOING BUSINESS, IT’S HELPFUL FOR US TO PROGRESS AND PUSH FORWARD… THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ARE HERE TO ALLOW US TO KEEP THINGS CONTROLLED AND TO MAKE US DO OUR JOB BETTER… I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED WITH A VERY SPECIALIZED UNIT AND I’M VERY PROUD OF IT.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20100050005
Acquisition Date
2010-05
Collection
Museum
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