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Appleton Police Department


The History of the Appleton, WI Police Department Shoulder Patch

Appleton Police Officers first wore a shoulder patch in December 1961.  It was a diamond shaped black and gold patch worn only on the left sleeve of the officer’s uniform.  The department changed to it’s second patch in February 1966.  The current patch has been worn since May 13, 1996.

Appleton, WI Police Department PIO Patch Information

History of Appleton Police Department Motor Unit

First motorcycle went on duty with A.P.D. on 10-02-1911.  This was an Excelsior M.C.

In Sept. 1912 the department changed to a Thor.

Report on 01-15-1915 states that the department motorcycle put on 12,000 miles during the year 1914.

On 03-16-1916 the department received a new Big Valve Twenty horse power Excelsior motorcycle.

1918 the department had two Excelsior motorcycles.

1926 Three motorcycles

In 1950 the department had 6 motorcycles.

In 1960 the department had 11 motorcycles

The department last used motorcycles in the 1970's, but then in 1981 the department received a 750cc Honda motorcycle and used it for about 3 years. 

1926

 

1937

1939 HD Servi-car

1946

Servi-Car 1960

1981

 

 


Photos and Information provided by Appleton, WI Police Department