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NEW ALBION POLICE MEDAL ISSUED

Morning Star, July 23, 2017, pg. 7

In last weekís article, paragraph three, the year that Greening had joined the Albion force should have stated "in the fall of 1915," not 1916. We apologize for that typographical error; please correct your copy.

We continue with our topic about the beginnings of Albionís Police Department. Here is the listing of Albionís Chiefs of Police/Public Safety during its 101-year history under the City Manager form of government. Albionís first Police Chief was H. Glen Greening who served from January 19, 1916 to January 1, 1917. Albionís second Police Chief was Fred Hubbard (1871-1945) who served from January 2, 1917 to 1920. Subsequent Police Chiefs and their years of service (Note: this list does not include interim-Chiefs) have been: Clyde Stoddard 1920-1926, George A. Stoddard 1926-1936, Harry J. McAuliffe 1936-1955, George E. Lewis 1955-1961, Ray Sovjak 1961-1965, Carl Hatch 1965-1967, Charles Lindstrom 1967-1969, Louise R. Disser 1970-1975, Max Patterson 1976-1979, Jerry Baker 1979-1988, Joseph Thomas 1988-1991, L. J. McKeown 1997-2002, Dwayne A. Hartup 2003-2005, Eric Miller 2005-2011, and Scott Kipp 2012-present. Note: In 1982 the Police and Fire Departments were merged and the Albion Department of Public Safety was formed, which is the current name.

In celebration of over a century of service to our community, the Albion Department of Public Safety Officers Association has just issued a 1.75-inch diameter glossy medal in commemorative of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Albion Police Department. The medal was struck in brass and is 3.5 mm. thick. It is 24K gold plated with two-tone nickel plating on the front, and is hard-fired with enamel. The medal project and design was coordinated by the current ADPS chief Scott Kipp, and officer Richard Cuatt.

This colorized medal was professionally produced by Symbol Arts of Ogden, Utah, and has a mintage of just 300 pieces. Symbol Arts produces a wide variety of badges, medals, challenge coins, keychains, and related items. For more information, visit their website at www.symbolarts.com. From our Historical Notebook this week courtesy of Symbol Arts, we present a photograph of this medal.

The obverse features a raised nickel-plated Albion patrolman badge with a blue State of Michigan seal in the center of that with a text reading "STATE OF MICHIGAN." The gold-lettered legend with blue background reads "ALBION POLICE DEPARTMENT ALBION, MICHIGAN," separated by three stars on each side.

The reverse depicts an Albion Police patch containing a State of Michigan seal in the center. The legend reads "CELEBRATING 100 YEARS 1917-2017," separated by a branch on each side.

Medals can be purchased at City Hall or from any Albion Public Safety officer. You may also order by mail by writing to: Albion Department of Public Safety, 112 W. Cass St., Albion, MI 49224. The cost is $20 each, plus $7.00 for postage and handling if ordering by mail. The check or money order should be made out to the "City of Albion." Be sure and purchase yours quickly before they are all sold out.


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