ISP commemorates 75 years of service | News
The Idaho State Police are embarking on their 75th year of service in 2014, and to celebrate they’ve gone old school with new badges. ISP Troopers will be wearing a special commemorative badges this year that were designed to resemble the badges worn by the earliest officers of the Bureau of Constabulary, ISP’s predecessor.
From the Idaho State Police:
Although the beginnings of ISP's responsibilities in protecting the public began in 1919 under the Bureau of Constabulary, ISP celebrates its anniversary based upon the Legislature's passage of the Idaho State Police Act. This Act was signed into law on February 20, 1939 by Governor C.A. Bottolfsen, thus making the upcoming new year the 75th Anniversary of the Idaho State Police.
"To wear the badge of the Idaho State Police is an honor for every Trooper who has ever had a badge pinned on their uniform," said Colonel Ralph Powell, Director of the Idaho State Police. "The historic badge is a special reminder of the long line of the brave men and women that have protected this great state since the times of unrest when the agency was formed until today. We are especially mindful of the five Troopers that made the ultimate sacrifice serving our citizens."
The celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Idaho State Police will continue with involvement in community events being planned throughout the 2014 calendar year throughout Idaho.
Although the commemorative badges are not for sale to the public, the Idaho State Police Association has commissioned several 75th Anniversary items that are available on their website. Those items include the book Without Compromise, a historical perspective published in honor of ISP's 75th anniversary. Proceeds benefit the Idaho State Police Association, a non-profit organization comprised of current and retired ISP employees. The website address is www.ispaonline.org.