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City of Nampa

Posted on: May 4, 2021

Nampa Police Dept celebrate 130 years, seek artifacts and information for history project

Nampa Police badge (believed to be first style adopted by dept)

The Nampa Police Department is embarking on a project to capture historical information gathered from a variety of resources with the intent of publishing a book and potentially gather information and artifacts for future display at police headquarters and/or regional museums.

To that end, we are requesting help from the citizens of Nampa to search for and donate artifacts related to the Nampa Police Department operations. These artifacts include but are not limited to uniforms, badges, arm patches, insignias, photographs, flags, signs, stories, and equipment that will help NPD memorialize its 130-year history. The project will honor all those who, through training, dedication, service and sacrifice, have given the citizens of Nampa a large portion of their lives and careers.

The City of Nampa, Idaho was incorporated in 1886 and established its first law enforcement presence in 1891with a one-member department. Over the past 130 years Nampa has grown into a marvelous city to live, work and play and so has the Police Department grown with it. Currently, Nampa PD has 134 sworn officers and 63 civilian employees and is considered by many to be the finest law enforcement organization in the state.

It is our intention to receive these items in several ways to make it convenient to donate:

  • It is important, if possible, that any item donated have the following information attached:
    • Known or approximate date item was/taken/written/used.
    • NPD names associated with the item.
    • Donated by:
    • Contact information. (It may be necessary to make contact to complete the story.)
  • All print or photo items that can be successfully scanned at home can be emailed to: hewitte@cityofnampa.us and/or dwyrej@cityofnampa.us.
  • Some items can be scanned or photographed and returned if necessary. (If returns are requested, please include your name, phone and address on each item.)
  • We will have volunteers available for donation drop-off dates at the Nampa Police Department lobby, located at 820 2nd Street South, on:
    • Friday, May 28, 2021, 0900 – 1600 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
    • Friday, June 4, 2021, 0900 – 1600 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)  

Over the summer, our volunteers working on this project are dedicating time to cataloging, preserving and photographing donated items. Photos will be combined into a history section of a book being compiled about the Nampa Police Department. Community effort and assistance is greatly appreciated.

For questions, please contact Ed Hewitt (hewitte@cityofnampa.us or 208-697-2570) or Jennifer Dwyre (dwyrej@cityofnampa.us or 208-565-5146).  

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