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Policing Kalispell Montana

Harry P. Stanford was appointed as chief of police of Kalispell, Montana in 1891.  He was only twenty-five years of age at the time.  Although the town had a population of only one thousand residents then, Stanford saw a growing community and decided to place his town officers into uniforms much the same as his big city police partners.  He was met with great resistance by his officers but did it anyway, leaving no doubt who the cops were in Kalispell.

The generic chief of police badge was worn by Stanford during his career in Kalispell.  Stanford lived out his life in the community. eventually serving on the board of taxidermists.  He worked as a taxidermist until his passing.