(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander Police Department is investigating … the history of an antique police badge found in the city.
Chief Jim Carey said the badge was found in mid-September by retired LPD Seargent Duane Kaiser.
The exact location of the find was not disclosed, but Carey said it was on private property in an area that is believed to have been an old dump site. The former officer who found the badge was hunting with a metal detector.
“He graciously donated the badge to the Police department to restore and display for the future,” Carey said of Kaiser.
Carey has begun digging into the department’s history to try learn the story behind the badge, who was number 7 and when it would have been in use.
So far, he’s learned the department was founded in 1895 under the U.S. Marshals. Based on what he’s found he believes the badge is from some time between 1900 and 1930.
Carey said he will continue to dig into the department’s past using local resources and archives.
Should anyone know anything about the badge, Carey asks them to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the department and leave a message for him.