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 Collection: Arlington Police Department Collection
[Image of an Arlington police car bubble light, 1960-1970s]

[Image of an Arlington police car bubble light, 1960-1970s]

Date: 196?/197?
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the red Bubble Light used on Arlington patrol cars from the early 1960s to the late 1970s. The unit set on a metal bar that ran across the top of the patrol car. It flashed a red light when activated.
Contributing Partner: Arlington Public Library
[Image of an earlier APD motorcycle helmet]

[Image of an earlier APD motorcycle helmet]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a white motorcycle helmet used by various police officers of the Arlington Police Motorcycle Unit during the time they served.
Contributing Partner: Arlington Public Library
[Image of an early APD tactical shield, view 1]

[Image of an early APD tactical shield, view 1]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of an early tactical shield that was used by the Arlington Police Department to defend the user. This tactical shield was a hand-held rectangular shaped sheet of metal with a thin eye slot hole for vision. The protective shield was most necessary in situations where law enforcement tactical team members had little or no cover.
Contributing Partner: Arlington Public Library
[Image of an early APD tactical shield, view 2]

[Image of an early APD tactical shield, view 2]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of an early tactical shield that was used by the Arlington Police Department to defend the user. This tactical shield was a hand-held rectangular shaped sheet of metal with a thin eye slot hole for vision. The protective shield was most necessary in situations where law enforcement tactical team members had little or no cover.
Contributing Partner: Arlington Public Library
[Image of an old hard drive used by the APD Communications Division, ca. 1970s?]

[Image of an old hard drive used by the APD Communications Division, ca. 1970s?]

Date: [197?]
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of an old hard drive from a computer system used by the APD Communications Division, ca. 1970s. It was later replaced with a computer chip. (years of service to be determined)
Contributing Partner: Arlington Public Library
[Image of antique APD Chief Badge, on blue drape]

[Image of antique APD Chief Badge, on blue drape]

Date: [19??]
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a silver frame containing an antique APD Chief Badge with an information placard below the badge. The badge is a six pointed star constructed from silver-like metal with "Chief Arlington Police" pressed in and blackened. The badge is pinned on gold felt. The placard that is below it reads: "Antique Arlington Police Badge. Date of Use Unknown." The frame is on a blue drape background.
Contributing Partner: Arlington Public Library
[Image of antique APD Chief Badge, on red fabric]

[Image of antique APD Chief Badge, on red fabric]

Date: [19??]
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a silver frame containing an antique APD Chief Badge with an information placard below the badge. The badge is a six pointed star constructed from silver-like metal with "Chief Arlington Police" pressed in and blackened. The badge is pinned on gold felt. The placard that is below it reads: "Antique Arlington Police Badge. Date of Use Unknown." The frame is on a red fabric background.
Contributing Partner: Arlington Public Library
[Image of APD epaulets]

[Image of APD epaulets]

Date: [19??]
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of various epaulets worn by the Arlington Police Department. To the right of each epaulet is an explanation of its meaning. An epaulette is a type of ornamental shoulder piece or decoration used as insignia of rank by armed forces and other organizations. It is usually worn on dress or ceremonial uniforms. APD no longer wears epaulets. The epaulets shown are: Training; Reserves; Support Services; Traffic; Patrol; Tactical; Youth Services, D.A.R.E., School Resource.
Contributing Partner: Arlington Public Library
[Image of APD's first hand-held radio]

[Image of APD's first hand-held radio]

Date: [19??]
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the first Arlington Police Department hand-held radio (years of service to be determined). The name on the unit is "GE Master."
Contributing Partner: Arlington Public Library
[Image of APD's first MDT (mobile data terminal) computer]

[Image of APD's first MDT (mobile data terminal) computer]

Date: [198?]
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the first MDT (mobile data terminal) used in Arlington police vehicles. MDT was a computerized device used to communicate with a central dispatch office. It displayed relevant information to the officer on a viewing screen and provided a keyboard for entering information. The MDTs were first installed in APD police cars in 1987.
Contributing Partner: Arlington Public Library