William L. Cox was selected to serve as the first superintendent of the Nevada State Police in 1908. Cox is believed to have worn the round first issue badge, #1, before being presented with a new custom made badge. The spurs that you see belonged to Cox.
This photo was a taken in High Rock Canyon in 1911. It shows the four murdered ranchers and the assembly of law officers and volunteers that formed up the posse to pursue Shoshone Mike and his band across the State of Nevada into Elko County where a fierce battle ensued resulting in the death of one posse member and all but a few children from Shoshone Mike's band. Lawmen from Modoc County as well as Washoe Sheriff Ferrel, Superintendent Donnelly of the Nevada State Police, and many others would take up the chase.
The group to the right were photographed in the 1920s. The badges to the left were used then and the sergeant badge, #4, was worn by Walter S. Hobart from June 1927 until January of 1935.
This group photo shows the Nevada State Police in 1939.
This group photo shows the Nevada State Police in 1939. The sergeant badge shown was worn by Harold William Harvey from 1929 util 1942. He is seen in the photo wearing this badge.
Paul Walker served as a traffic officer (deputy sheriff) with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office in Reno for several years before he received a commission as an inspector with the
Nevada State Police. His assignment was in Elko, Nevada according to his widow. She provided the certificate of appointment and the green shirt sleeve with the hand sewn patch was found bound for trash pick up. That patch was the second style worn by WCSO with a winged wheel style worn before it in the 1930s. Both style patches were hand sewn.
Nevada State Police Sergeant George Chandler was killed in the line of duty in 1948. He was the second of his agency to die in the line of duty, the first being a volunteer posse member shot and killed in 1911 during the pursuit of Shoshone Mike.
The Nevada State Police became the Nevada Highway Patrol in 1949. Edward Gily served as superintendent of the state police and continued through the transition to highway patrol.
THE NEVADA HIGHWAY PATROL HISTORY
The Nevada State Police became the Nevada Highway Patrol in 1949. Edward Gily served as superintendent of the state police and continued through the transition to highway patrol. Although the Nevada Highway Patrol was born in 1949, three Nevada Highway Patrol officers were on duty statewide beginning in 1930. This Highway Patrol was actually assigned under the Nevada Department of Transportation (Highway Department) and were spread very thin around Nevada.
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