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Badge design marks 125th anniversary of Baltimore County's police force

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore County police will soon be wearing badges with a retro look to mark the department's 125th birthday.

The new badge -- designed to resemble the one worn in 1874, when the county was patrolled by 16 sworn officers -- is a five-pointed star in a silver circle, surrounded by a gold wreath of leaves, with an eagle on top. The badge, designed by a county police detective, also has the dates "1874-1999" and the words "125th anniversary" inscribed in blue enamel.

Officers who choose to wear the badge must buy one for $23. Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman, said 1,500 of the department's 1,700 sworn officers have ordered them . Officers will be allowed to wear the badges until April 11, 2000.

"We want to make it known to everybody that it is an official badge," Warehime said. "People are going to notice the difference between the two badges."

County police also carry photo identification.

Pub Date: 1/19/99

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