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Other Name
HAT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1984
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20080010001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HAT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1984
Materials
CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Height
9.5
Length
26.5
Width
21.0
Description
NAVY BASEBALL CAP, PATCH ON FRONT OF CAP WITH YELLOW EMBROIDERED TEXT READING, "CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE." LABEL ON INSIDE PROPER LEFT OF CAP READS, "CALI FAME OF LOS ANGELES, M."
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR GLEN MICHELSON AT TIME OF DONATION, THIS CAP WAS PART OF A SWAT UNIFORM. THE UNIFORM ALSO INCLUDED A COAT, PANTS AND MISCELLANEOUS PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. THE SWAT TEAM WAS FORMED BY CHIEF RALPH MICHELSON. ACCORDING TO THE DONOR IT WAS FORMED "IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY; IT WAS A GOOD CHOICE TO HAVE A TEAM, LIKE OTHER CITIES, IT WAS NEEDED." MICHELSON WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE NAMES OF OTHER TEAM MEMBERS, HOWEVER, HE DID SAY TEAMS WERE FORMED THROUGH BOTH VOLUNTEERS AND SELECTED MEMBERS. DESIREABLE TRAITS FOR SWAT TEAM MEMBERS INCLUDED EXPERTISE IN USE AND TRAINING WITH REGARD TO FIREARMS, GOOD COMMON SENSE AND GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION. MICHELSON SAID, "SOME (OF OUR) TRAINING (TOOK PLACE) IN LETHBRIDGE. OUR TEAM TRAINED WITH FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) TEAMS IN BUTTE, MONTANA, AND BOZEMAN, MONTANA, A WEEK IN EACH PLACE." THE TEAM OFTEN TRAINED AT THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE RANGE. THEY LEARNED TO USE M16 FULLY AUTOMATIC RIFLES (308 CALIBRE), REMINGTON MODEL 870 SHOTGUNS, SNIPER RIFLES 223 CALIBRE, GAS EQUIPMENT, REVOLVERS AND AUTOMATIC WEAPONS. MICHELSON SERVED AS A LEADER OF THE SWAT TEAM. HE WAS IN CHARGE OF GOOD TRAINING. HE WAS A MEMBER FOR APPROXIMATELY TEN YEARS. THE EARLIEST REFERENCE TO A LETHBRIDGE SWAT TEAM DATES TO 1975. ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, ON APRIL 29, 1975, CHIEF RALPH MICHELSON WAS PURCHASING SHOTGUNS, BULLET-PROOF VESTS, FACIAL HOODS AND BOMB DISPOSAL EQUIMENT FOR THE SWAT TEAM. GLEN MICHELSON RETIRED FROM THE POLICE FORCE IN 1984. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20080010001
Acquisition Date
2008-03
Collection
Museum
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