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Catalog Number 2017.014.003B
Description Broadmoor Police Challenge Coin, n.d. Coin is round gold-colored metal, and has a navy blue background with golden outside and inside border. On the top of the middle of the coin in the inside border, embossed in gold with medium lettering, the text reads "DEDICATED TO". Directly on the bottom of the middle of the coin in the inside border, embossed in gold with medium lettering, the text reads "SERVICE". In between both texts above, in the inside gold border, there are three gold stars spaced from each other. In the middle of the coin, there is a gold star with light blue circle in the middle with some bold white text that reads "BROADMOOR / POLICE". In the middle of the light blue circle, is the symbol of the California seal which has a woman in a helmet and holding a staff next to a brown bear overlooking the background of mountains, and desert. At the top left corner of the California seal, in small black lettering, the text reads "EUREKA". On the back of the coin, there is a gold looped pattern surrounding some gold embossed text in medium lettering on the top and bottom of the coin that reads "BROADMOOR / CALIFORNIA". In the middle of the back of the coin, in a light blue background, there are gold lines coming off a rectangular shape of a region surrounding part of the sun. Inside the middle of the rectangular shape, in black and small text in a gold circle, the text reads "BROADMOOR / VILLAGE". At the bottom of the rectangular shape, in small bold gold embossed text, the text reads "EST. 1948".
Object Name Coin, Commemorative
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Broadmoor Police Challenge Coin, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Symbol Arts
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text Front of coin: "DEDICATED TO / SERVICE" (gold lettering), "BROADMOOR / POLICE" (white lettering) and "EUREKA" (gold lettering at top left center of California seal); Back of coin: "BROADMOOR / EST. 1948 / CALIFORNIA" (gold lettering) and "BROADMOOR / VILLAGE" (black lettering); "SymbolArts" (printed on outer sides of paper cards); "History of Challenge Coins / Challenge Coins surfaced / during ..." (printed inside paper card)
Notes "History of Challenge Coins
Challenge Coins surfaced during the World War II era. The practice of carrying a coin designed specifically for a unit was popular with the Army Special Forces. Carrying the coin at all times and presenting it when "challenged" to prove affiliation with that unit resulted in a number of consequences for those who could not produce a coin; the most popular required the coinless soldier to buy a round of drinks. That preactice continues to be popular today." [printed on paperwork that came with coin]

"In 1948 the residents of the unincorporated hamlet of Broadmoor, which then was larger than the City of Daly City and extended from about Westlake to South San Francisco, was comprised mostly of farm lands, came together and formed their own police department as a police protection district because services from the San Mateo County Sheriff were not sufficient to meet the needs of the residents. In particular, the Sheriff's Office was located in Redwood City, where it is still located, some 20 miles south of Broadmoor.
The unincorporated town of Broadmoor boasts the only active police protection district remaining in the State of California.

The governing body of the Broadmoor Police Protection District is a Police Commission of three residents elected at large by the voters of the district. Each commissioner is elected to a term of four years. The presiding officer of the Police Commission is the chairman and is selected annually by a vote of the sitting commissioners. The three commissioners serve without compensation.

The Police Commission selects and appoints only the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police is responsible for hiring all employees of the police department. The Chief of Police also serves as the District Manager.

The Police Commission also sets policy, determines and sets the annual budget, and hears appeals in certain personnel matters.

The police commissioners and the employees of the police department proudly serve the residents of the Broadmoor community." [ 6/8/2017]
Dimensions H-1.7 W-1.7 D-0.125 inches
Dimension Details Coin; plastic sleeve containg contents is 4.5"x2.25".
Search Terms Broadmoor Police Department
Daly City
Police Department
Police Departments
Subjects Coins