On January 22, 1908, a pocket-sized police manual was distributed to the force. A few of the orders and rules are interesting and bear repeating… Police officers cannot leave town (on or off duty) unless in the pursuit of a fugitive, by direction of the chief, or by written permission by the Board of PublicContinue reading “1908 Pensacola Police Rules”
The name was first used in conjunction with police officers in the 1800s, but they have a long, interesting history. Their descendants are still carried by some Pensacola Police Officers today. What is a truncheon? It has long been a vital piece of equipment for police officers, and at one time actually exhibited their authority.Continue reading “The Police Truncheon”
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The Special Weapons and Tactics team, which was created in 1975, consists of officers from within the department who are trained in special tactics for high-risk situations.How did it start? In the early 1970s, new paramilitary tactics were being tried to combat the ever-increasing violence that was coming on the scene in America – muchContinue reading “Pensacola Police SWAT Team”
Did you know that gunslinger John Wesley Hardin, old west gunslinger and outlaw, was captured in Pensacola? Hardin was infamous for shooting and killing 21 men, one for simply snoring too loudly.Wes Hardin was born in on May 26, 1853 in Bonham, TX to James G. and Elizabeth Hardin. His father, James, was a MethodistContinue reading “John Wesley Hardin”
Five PPD chiefs. This is the only photo containing five PPD chiefs together. Seated l-r: Drexel Caldwell (1962-1974), James Davis (1974-1980). Standing: John Mathis (2002-2010), Norman Chapman (1994-1998), Jerry Potts (1998-2002).
Sam Browne belts: Here is a 1936 photo of members of the Pensacola Police Department in front of the police station at 407 S. Jefferson Street (now the Pensacola Museum of Art). The uniformed officers are wearing Sam Browne belts. in 1858, Sam Browne, a member of the Indian army, charged a reloading cannon crewContinue reading “Sam Browne Belts”
The Pensacola Police Department has one of the most unique and attractive shields in existence. Officers, badge collectors and historians worldwide have attempted to purchase them. However, they are not for sale. The only way to possess one legally is to become a Pensacola Police officer and earn the right to wear one. Here isContinue reading “The Pensacola Police Shield”
In 1966, the Pensacola Police Department published a PR brochure that showed the officers in the different locations where they were assigned. Here are two of them:
The Pensacola Police Department has served its citizen through the city’s rich history. Pensacola’s finest carry on the tradition of excellence through protecting those around them, creating a legacy for others to follow.