JPD officers wear special badges for 50th anniversary of Juneau’s unification

The badges are authorized for wear until the end of the year.

The Juneau Police Department has commemorative badges, left, for officers that requested them for the 50th anniversary of the unification of Juneau and Douglas. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Police Department)

The Juneau Police Department has commemorative badges, left, for officers that requested them for the 50th anniversary of the unification of Juneau and Douglas. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Police Department)

Some Juneau Police Department officers are wearing a commemorative badge to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unification of the cities of Juneau and Douglas and the Greater Juneau Borough in 1970.

“To celebrate this milestone, JPD created a commemorative badge that is authorized for officers to wear while on duty,” said Lt. Krag Campbell in a news release. “The commemorative badge will be authorized to wear until the remainder of the year.”

The badges were purchased for about 30 officers who requested them, Campbell said in an email. No JPD or CBJ funds were used to procure them.

The unification came after the city council of Juneau voted to consolidate the towns of Juneau and Douglas, forging a hopefully stronger single entity. The anniversary was honored briefly during an Assembly meeting, but due to the coronavirus epidemic, no other celebration was carried out, Campbell said.

The commemorative badges will be similar to the standard badges, but are gold in color instead of silver, and are inscribed with “City and Borough of Juneau 1970 Golden Anniversary 2020.”

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or lockett@juneauempire.com.

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