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Commodore Perry Owens was an incredibly accurate gunman and cowboy in the Old American West who became Sheriff of Apache County, Arizona

c. late 1880s

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Cowboys of cattle rancher John Horton Slaughter.

Slaughter was also a Texas Ranger and Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona. 

- 1885

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"Military Police Patrolman operating one-pound Hotchkiss Gun Mounted on Deck of Police Boat "Patrol," New York Harbor”

c. 1917

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Wyatt Earp with his mother 

c. 1855-1856

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Photo of the six-man posse who ended the lives of notorious crime couple Bonnie and Clyde on May 23rd, 1934

Texas Ranger Frank Hamer is in the front row wearing the black hat 

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Police officer from Lowell, Massachusetts 

c. 1900 

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Group of American firemen 

c. 1865-1870

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Police officer and police dog making an arrest in New York City 

- 1912 

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Jacob Tripler the oldest fireman now attached to the fire department

- Philadelphia, 1860 

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“The White House police force which doned their new and distinctive uniforms today - photographed on the south portico of the White House”

- February 17th, 1923 

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"New York City fire fighter Wesley A. Williams (right) with three of his fellow fire fighters posing with a fire truck at Engine Company No. 55, in Manhattan's Lower East Side”

- 1922

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. "New York City fire fighter Wesley A. Williams (right) with three of his fellow fire fighters posing with a fire truck at Engine Company No. 55, in Manhattan's Lower East Side" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 8, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/1b890cd0-32dc-0132-91c1-58d385a7bbd0
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Seven police officers 

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Captain JL Barch of the Seattle Police Department in horse-drawn wagon

- 1892 

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New York City Police officer makes an important telephone call to offer assistance for a victim 

- 1903

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On July 8th, 1693 about twenty-eight years after New Amsterdam was reincorporated as “New York City” - police officers were authorized to wear uniforms for the first time.

Image: The New York Police Officer of 1693.
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 8, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-271b-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
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"Philadelphia Police: at night”

Image dated 12/6/1969

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Fifteen policemen gather around a police car adjacent to the Venice (California) Police Station, c. 1920”

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An African American sheriff. Pocatello, Idaho

- 1903

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"Theodore Roosevelt, the president of the Police Board, at his official desk.”

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "The president of the Police Board at his official desk." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/9ac31dca-7152-4d68-e040-e00a18064cc6
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New York City Police Patrol Wagon 

- 1887

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Liquor raid 

- 10/4/1922

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Fire Engine Dinkey, Union Fire Company, St. Louis, Missouri 

- 1852

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Firemen battling fire on Clinton Street, Boston

- 1971

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Chicago police at convention

- 1912

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Happy Birthday Eliot Ness
Born on April 19th, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois

http://www.clevelandpolicemuseum.org/collections/eliot-ness/

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Jeff Milton, Texas Ranger and the first U.S. immigration border patrol officer was born on November 7th, 1861 in Marianna, Florida.

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A photo of Union Civil War Veteran and U.S. Marshal Crawley P. Dake 

Dake deputized Virgil Earp who in turn deputized his brothers Wyatt & Morgan Earp (and Doc Holliday) before the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881.

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Margaret Q. Adams, the first female to become a Deputy Sheriff in The United States 

- Image from the 1940s

She served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. for 35 years 

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Detectives of the Seattle Police Department

c. 1900-1910 

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Photo titled: "The last of the Horses Engine Co. 205, New York Fire Department”

- 1922

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Captain John H. Rogers and his younger brother Curren Rogers - Texas Rangers   

c. 1885

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Old fire hats

c. 1887

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Female police officers from Suffolk County, Massachusetts adjusting Irish derby police cap in mirror

- 1970

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Unidentified group of young firemen with their commander

Back of image card says that the image was taken at a studio in San Francisco 

c. 1867

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New York City Police Department: 5 police and detectives at Headquarters 

c. 1908

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Houston, Texas Police Department 

- 1920

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A daguerreotype of Samuel Hamilton Walker

Walker was born in Maryland in the early 1800s and later became a Texas Ranger and a U.S. Army Captain.

He was once held as a prisoner in Mexico but escaped and returned to service. 

Sadly, Walker was killed in action during the Mexican-American War at the age of 30.

He was also a co-inventor of the Walker Colt revolver that was manufactured in an armory that was run by Eli Whitney Jr. the son of the great American inventor.
Water fails the firemen at critical moment
Possibly Albany, New York State 

- 1911

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Police officer in Vale, Oregon 

- 1941

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Firehouse scene at Weccacoe Engine Company in Philadelphia

c. 1857 

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Fireman's certificate, New York City

- 1787

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Leola King, female traffic officer in Washington, D.C.

c. 1918-1920

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Fire at Jenning's Clothing Store, Broadway, April 25, 1854

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Packard Fire Squad 
Detroit, Michigan 

- Image is dated May 3rd, 1911

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Joe Meek, 1st U.S. Marshal of Oregon 

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower greeted by police officers during a visit to Boston

- 1953

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Posse assembled outside a Union Pacific Railroad car to confront the Wild Bunch c. 1900

On June 2nd, 1899 Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and others robbed a Union Pacific train in Wilcox, Wyoming.

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Cecil Creel with Captain David Numana (right) at Pyramid Lake in Nevada 

early 1900s

Captain Numana was the Head of the police force at Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation
Police officer Alcide Nunez in uniform with his sons Eugene and Robert in their police band uniforms

New Orleans

c. early 1930s

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Chief Burrill and other police officers in Quincy, Massachusetts 

c. 1905

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Eliot Ness, leader of the law enforcement team “The Untouchables” who raided Al Capone’s operations 

c. 1937

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Police officers 
Oxford, Ohio 

- 1913 

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Topaz, Utah (War Relocation Center) Members of the fire department spend their leisure time by a friendly game of cards.

- 1943 

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Fireman in Uniform Holding a Brass Musical Instrument

c. 1855-1856

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Benjamin Franklin, Superintendent of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency in Philadelphia, Pa., 1873-1878 Formerly Chief of Detectives, Phila. Police Dept. W. L. Germon's Temple of Art, 914 Arch St., Philadelphia

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The Garrett J. Cody family of Arlington, Massachusetts c. 1890s

Born in Ireland, Garrett was an Arlington Massachusetts police officer who was killed in the line of duty in July of 1901. He was 36.

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On July 14th, 1881 Pat Garrett ended the life of notorious outlaw Billy the Kid at Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

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Firemen's Review, Walden, Orange Co., N.Y.

c. late 1800s-early 1900s

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Union Army Veteran and U.S. Marshal Virgil Earp was born on July 18th, 1843 in Hartford, Kentucky.
Women taking the qualifying exam for the New York City police force

- 1947

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Police Officer holding children 

- 1922 

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Diane Hofferty, a graduate of first female class of police officers, receives a kiss from a male officer

Boston, early 1970s 

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California Highway Patrol recruitment team at a career fair in 1969

Sign posted on the front of the booth says "Career with a purpose!” 

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Seattle Fire Department Firehouse No 20 crew in entrance of station house

c. 1909-1910

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Bloomfield Indiana Police with Indiana State Police

c. 1948

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Bob Bassford, Engine 22 

- 1943 

This exceptional image was shared by one of our Heartfelt Historians Roger Keehner
Policewomen: Pitkin, Schroeder, Stevenat, Elder, Wilson

c. early 1920s

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Gary, Indiana police force 

- 1908

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A portrait of Walter R. Brown Sr.
Los Angeles Fire Department

- Los Angeles, California  early 1900s

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Allan Pinkerton and his wife Joan 

c. 1865

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Maryland State Police officer, using a radar speed gun while standing next to a highway

- 1979

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Texas Rangers Company D 

- 1894

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Chief of Police John C. Dempscy of the Olean, New York Police Department inspecting a tele-typed report

- 1922

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New York City Police and Detectives guarding Chinatown 

- 1909

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Jail and office of the US Deputy Marshall, Candle City, Alaska 

- 1903

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Firemen standing beside their 1910 Webb 2nd size 700 gpm combination engine and hose car. Made in St. Louis.

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Mississippi Highway Patrol, Brookhaven 

- 1950

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Group of firemen in and around carriage, Main St. Hingham, Massachusetts 

c. 1870-1910

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New York firefighters and Salt Lake City Urban Search and Rescue crew at the site of the World Trade Center in September 2001.

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New York City’s Police Captains 

- early 1900s

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Union Fire Co., Carlisle, Pa. Firemen's Convention

- 1889

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Wallace, Idaho Fire Department showing firemen in front of horse-drawn firetruck and firehouse

c. 1906

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New York City Traffic officer wearing a mask 

- 1918

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Officer Bender on motorcycle, Rockville, MD

c. 1968-1977

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Henry Andrew "Heck" Thomas was among the lawmen who concluded the wrongdoings of the Wild Bunch

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San Joaquin County County Sheriff Thomas Cunningham c. 1890 

Thomas was born in Ireland in the late 1830s and arrived in New York with his family when he was a young boy. 
As a teen he left New York and traveled by steam ship to California eventually becoming sheriff of San Joaquin County in the early 1870s.
While sheriff he arrested some of the most sought after bandits of the West. 

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"Firemen view the aftermath of a catastrophic fire on Main Street around the turn of the century.
Fighting the fire in below-freezing conditions had to be quite a challenge."

From the collection of Roger Keehner 
Thanks again Roger!
Detective H. Rogers of Omaha Police Department (right) with friend. Omaha, Nebraska

- 1938

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Volunteer Firemen practicing during an air raid drill in Lititz, Pennsylvania 

- 1942 

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