Monday, August 1, 2011

Collecting law enforcement patches - proposed Museum |

Museum patches through to police | The Des Moines Register
Dick Draper, assistant museum curator with the Des Moines Police Museum, holds a special patch from Parkersburg that is part of the collection of 1,500 police patches.
"Draper has invested countless hours in locating patches from all over Iowa and putting together multiple displays.

Most notable are the more than 1,500 patches he donated to the museum, located inside the police station, 25 E. First St.

'I do it to keep busy. It's better than watching TV 24 hours a day; that gets old,' he said.

Draper, a retired railroad worker, is a big-time collector. For a decade he has traveled across the state to law enforcement agencies and facilities in pursuit of their patches."

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