This KCPD badge is from 1874. It is the original Kansas City Police Department badge.
This badge is from the 1900s. Around 1900, KCPD added the state seal to badges. The MP stands for metropolitan police.
This badge is from 1923. The badge design started moving away from the star design KCPD had before.
This badge is from the 1930s. KCPD said this was the badge during the Tom Pendergast era when the police department was under city control. The badge design has the city seal instead of the state seal. There was a different hat badge during this period of time as well.
This lieutenant badge is from the 1930s. The shield in the middle is the city symbol instead of the state seal, which you see on police badges today.
This badge is from 1939. The seal is stamped into the badge, and the badge's wording is gender-specific. KCPD also had patrolwoman badges.
This lieutenant badge is from 1940. For about two years, commanders wore badges that were similar in style to officer badges. This went out of style very quickly, according to KCPD.
This badge is from the 1960s. This was the design from 1941 until the 1980s. KCPD said then the department changed to a badge design with more color.
This badge set is from the 1980s. The badge on the left is a cap badge, while the one on the right officers would wear on their uniforms.
The cap badge design hasn't changed since 1939.
The officer badge on the right was updated to have a color seal instead of stamped into the metal and gender-neutral wording; previous badges had patrolman or patrolwoman.
On May 1, 2018, all KCPD captains, majors, deputy chiefs and the chief traded in their smaller, rounded, gold badges for a new design.
Photo courtesy KCPD