The University Police Department recently installed a new display case in the entrance of their building, which showcases a variety of items donated by retired police officers.
The display case, which was implemented by UPD Capt. Rhonda Clark, is designed “to show where law enforcement comes from and where it is now.”
In order to create this case, Clark visited other police agencies that held similar displays of their history.
The display case consists of holsters, hats, sheathes and other assorted items that were both donated by past police officers and actually used by the department itself.
“We are trying to make [the building] home-y and represent our culture and history,” UPD Chief Jim Duckham said.
Some of the items in the display case were used by university officers. In addition to items, the case boasts photos of the agency's past police officers.
“There are photos in there that show how things have been in the past and how they’ve progressed,” Clark said.
The display case shows historical photos of past police officers in the agency.
Clark has already begun work on her next commemorative project — a booklet of used patches of unspecified officers.
“That [the patches] mean more because, you know, that person could’ve been the one that protected me,” Clark said.
The book will be available to view soon.