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San Francisco Police Department Badges and Photos
SFPD 1958 this is how it was.
===Wanted Photos of badges of SF law enforcement for this site=====
San Francisco Police Department badges are made of several metals,during the WWII. many of the SF
badges were made out of cooper because limited supply of metals. The Department did return to
sterling silver in the later years. the main hallmark for SF badges is Irvine&Jachens a family
company still in business today.
Collecting police badges is not a new hobby,since the 40's there have been well known collectors,
some of the famous collectors are Elvis (singer), Bud Abbott(comic), Buddy Hackett (comic),
Jay Leno(comic), Steven Segal (actor), Chuck Connors (cowboy actor), Jason Prestley (90210
actor), Richard Nixon (president), Johnny Cash (singer), Jodie Foster (actress), Bob Hope (comic), Gene Autry
(cowboy actor), and Dan Aykroyd (actor)these are just some of the few thousands of collectors
around the world .these photos were found throughout the internet and some were sent to me by,
officers, friends and family members of officers. for further information on collecting go to
STRANGE BADGE HISTORY
In 1994 officer James Guelff star#1461 was shot and killed while on duty, his partner John Payne#64
was injured. In 2004 10 years later Officer Isaac Espinoza was shot and killed his badge number is
was #64 his partner Barry Parker that was injured was #1461.
===============crime of the century,"The Fatty Arbuckle Story".=================
On September 3, 1921 Arbuckle took a break from his hectic film schedule and drove to San Francisco
with two friends, movie directors Lowell Sherman and Fred Fischbach. The three checked into the St.
Francis Hotel, decided to have a party and invited several women to their suite. During the
arousing a 30-year-old aspiring actress named Virginia Rappe became seriously ill and was examined
by the hotel doctor, who concluded her symptoms were mostly caused by intoxication.
After two trials resulted in hung juries the third ended in an acquittal and a written apology from
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I'm a retired Fed who just retired here to Los Gatos. I love your website and the recognition of those who went before us. The history here is so rich that each rookie should be required to read it and add to what's here to get a sense of the tradition behind them. I have a standing metal sign that reads "No Parking Between Signs. Police Regulation." It was manufactured by "Moise-K.Co S.F." Its a great old sign for anyone who's collecting Police memorabilia. If you'd like to see some photos of it write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a Deputy Sheriff, AVK San Francisco badge, issued by W.J. Fitzgerald Sheriff, Samuels Co. Jewelers Co.S.F., I would like to sell it. Any interest? Mark Minnis, 503-740-6217, email@example.com
I'v been trying to find a local officer (SF or San Mateo County I think) who was a badge dealer who formerly sold at the defunct San Mateo Collector's Show and Revival at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds. (The show is long gone).
I had his contact information but lost it over the years. I'm trying to replace my late father's lost LAPD Det. Lt. Badge, discontinued style so I can display it with his rare LAPD Medal of Valor. If anyone has contact information for him or knows of someone with a real LAPD Detective Lieutenant's badge please let me know.
Thanks, reply to....
I am an active member of the SFPD and in for 20 years now......Over the last several years, I have been researching the history of the "cars/automobiles/vehicles" of the SFPD...I would like any information you have on cars/automobiles..and any photos...please help..I would also like to interview retired members who can share memories of the cars of SFPD..including yourself..I am married to an Inspector in the department..my star is 1170.......
BSC stands for Bethlehem Steel Corporation (prior to WW II it was Union Iron Works and after WW II, United States Steel) in the Bayshore District. During WW II, plant guards were sworn in by SFPD as special police so that they could defend the plant with deadly force against any war saboteurs.
A lot of other guards were sworn in city wide at this time. I think the US Mint security force was also sworn in by SFPD as Special Police. Go to Coit Tower and you will see it on the mural there.
Hi, I designed the silver SF Airport Police badge back around 1973 when I worked there. It replaced the engraved gold San Mateo County badge.
Would anyone know of any collectors who have them for sale or could obtain a replica.
thanks for anyone's help
I have a San Francisco Special Police badge #128 with the initials B. S. C. below the San Francisco. There is an identical badge with the #141 in the first picture gallery of obsolete badges. What does the B.S. C. stand for? And about how old is the badge?
I am looking for any info on Arthur Litt. he retired as sgt in the late 1950's. he was my uncle. Also looking for info on francis luttringer. retired earlier. he was married to my Aunt. Thanks.
Gail A. Drury
I am researching my grand father James Howard Dougherty. He was in about 1920 until
he had to quit because of an illness. Any suggestion would be appreciated on how to get information on him and his time in the SFPD.
I'd like to add a little more info. on Badge #1126, Frank Pierce, he was on he Vice Squad & arrested Sally Stanford several times. Again , if anybody has any other info. I'd appreciate hearing from you.
Looking for information on my relative John J. Cannon born 1887 and died in the 1940's. Any information would be appreciated. He was also known as Officer 666, The Dasher, and Jack.
My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am wanting to buy bPOLICE & SHERIFF badges from FRESNO or any cities from northern California
I have for sale or trade a Series 6 LAPD oval SERGEANT 3 digit # RETIRED banner on bottom, hallmarked Sun Badge Co....Will trade for badges from SF, San Jose or Sacramento or other major cities. Thanks.
I have a number of patches of the San Francisco police dept. , but I would like to know the datesw that these patches were in service. Can any one help ?
My father was Sgt. Paul Alan Largent original badge #1162. A 30+ year veteran of the SFPD. A true legend with this police department.
His legacy will never be forgotten.....I am his son and I will always and forever carry on my fathers name.
I have a question. My great grandfather was a special police officer around 1915. His uniform cap said "special police" and his badge had the letters "OR" in the center. What does this mean? Also, is there some way to find out more information about past officers?
Just looking for anybody that knew my grandfather Big Eddie Ed Oliva back in the
days. Died in 1952 SFPD.
I have a collection of old photo from the SF Examiner. Some of the photos that are posted on your web site I have the originals. My father server on the SFPD for 31 years #1421 Jerry Tuttleman
Sean, thanks for writing many of the badges with letters are associate with names or companies and many were private as patrol specials . you sound like u have a nice antique item. when u get the chance ill post it on the photo site.
I like your site, have a small collection my self, just a note on the SFCC police I was a crim. major from 1973 to 1976 it was also a student police force in the 70's not sure when it started but I was on the force1974 to 1976 star 6659. I did not pursue a career in law enforcement, I know that many that were on CCSF police at that time did.
Interesting story thanks for sharing, if the new Star #1280 is out there tell us your story is that number jinx?.
Thomas J.Gerard Star 1280
Inspector Thomas J. Gerard star 1280 from 4/1968 until December 1993.. served in the old Tac unit, Dog Unit, Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence ( when we had one!) served as a CIA para-military officer on leave from the department 1982-1985...With the Contra war...and Ollie North.
Got charged with 7 felonies related to information gathering ( intelligence ) and found not guilty..Hehehe I had Jim Lassart as my attorney....
Departed for the Philippines on the night of my aquittal and never looked back. Graduated from medical school with M.D. 1995 and have had employment in such places as Iraq, Afghanistan and Asia.....Still alive and kicking...Life is good and the retirement check continues to this day.... The down side was the previous holder of star 1280 was also arrested and aquitted...I forgot his name...but a lucky star...
What is a San Francisco Public Safety Officer? Looks liek the only thing missing is Cadet badges/Exploers MUNI good job!
My name is Lisa Main I have been trying for years to find my dad. I know he was a police officer in SF at mission station. My mom was a police reporter back in the day. My dads name was Ray Main I don't know to much about him. I only saw him a few times in my life. I would just like to see or get a picture of him. I know he worked as a motorcycle cop too. I don't know if anyone knew him. I know it was back in the 60's
Phillip C. Payton #855
Thanks for the GREAT work. I retired ( Disibility, Heart Attack on the job ) in 1973. Became a member in July 1,1960, 89th Recruit Class. Going through these pictures brought back many memories, both good and bad. My badge Retired #855 has the letter A in front of the numbers and does not say Retired above the San Francisco lettering. Being a member of the SFPD was a memorable job. Thanks for the good work.
Wanted photo's of officer John Leone 1950's erra on up newspaper clipping of mobster arrests greatly appreciated Thankyou his nephew David .
Just stumbled across this web site...I enjoyed looking at your pics. I once owned a SF housing authority badge but it was different from the one pictured here. This one was a six pointed star with the city seal in the middle.
Rich, I just received a San Francisco badge I think it is a chauffeur badge rather than a police badge. It is shield shape, nickle plated by Moise Klinkner Co.. Itis stamped: Passenger Vehicle Driver 39812 series E ( in a circle ) San Francisco, Calif.
If you have any info., I would like to know
Thanks in advance ,
My grandfather was John Hanifin star #1845. He was a San Francisco Cop from the late 50s until the mid-80s. I am now joining the SFPD and was wonderin if anyone worked with him or has a funny stories with him. If so please let me know. He passed away in 1992 and although I was only six his legacy has led me to join the department too.
My Father was Frank Pierce, badge #1126. He served in the 30s, 40s &, I think he retired around 1951. He served at Centeral & Park Stations, among others, under Chief Cahill. If anyone has any info. I can add to that I would appreciate it. My Grandson is now in the Santa Rosa P.D. & I'd love to leave him a legacy of his great-grandfather.
To "sedbro". My name is James Roche and I think that we may be "cousins". My father, James V. Roche, was raised by his paternal uncle Theodore Roche, your great grandfather, when his mom and dad (George Roche) passed away.
I have an old folder of press clippings that my dad kept when Ted Roche died. You can contact me at email@example.com.
Alexandra , What department did your grandfathers work for SFSD? please give the approx years it would help narrow it down.
I have my grandfathers Sheriff Badge #100. If anyone knew him, Carl Cleary. I never had the chance to meet my grandfather, since he passed away before I was born. I am intreseted in finding out any information on him from his co-workers. If you worked with him and have a great story please let me know!!!!!!!!!!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SFPD recycles its Star numbers. The most you'll see is 4 digits. series 1-2300 is what you'll see in SF. the 3000 series is used for their reserve Offciers. 4000 series was formally the SFIAP (SF International Airport PD) but since it has merged with the SFPD, the star numbers have been integrated into the regular rotation. They just started the practice of retiring star numbers of Officers that were killed in the line of duty
I have a San francisco 6 pointed Special Police badge. Under the words San Francisco. It has the letters B.S.C. 131 and then below Special Police. It has a hallmark of Irvine & Jachens S.F.
i have a 7 point star hallmarked Ed Jones, and i guess the badge is supposed to be from SF. the badge says accross the top ; "BUTCHER'S ESCORT" the middle; "104" then the bottom line Patrol service".
butchers escort and patrol service, anyone ever heard of it? (email@example.com)
Sf has single,2,3 or 4 digits, the department does recycle numbers depending on
Just how many digits do Modern SFPD badges emply now, is it 3 to 4; or have they had to increase it to 5 digits for Badge Numbers.
use to enjoy unauthorized Ride Alongs with SFPD Star1088R.M. 3BOY16
You should try to contact the Patrol Special liason officer in Field Operations Bureau. The Embarcarder beat from 1st street to washington street is owned by Mr. John Andrews and next to him, from Washinton to Taylor street along the Embarcadero is Mr. Robert Burns. I know, I have the Marina beat (96) and worked for John Andrews from 1979 to persent (beat 73).......Alan Byard # 2540
Diane Gallagher Rivera
My dad, and his dad before him, were both patrol special officers governed by the SFPD. They owned the rights to patrol a large area in what is now know as the Embarcadero. There names are: My dad: William Edward Gallagher, born in 1915 deceased in 1971. My grandfather: Patrick Gallagher, born in Ireland, died around 1959 or early 1060. Both were residents of San Francisco while they served under the juristidiction of SFPD, with my grandfather taking up residence in San Rafael, CA. after he retired.
I am trying to locate the badge number that belonged to my dad. And my grandfather, if possible.
Can you give me some idea where to start? I would be so pleased.
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