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Wanted: Images of police history

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Fort Scott Police Department Interim Police Chief Travis Shelton smiles after finding a photo of his younger self in a 1990s snapshot from when he worked as a K-9 handler for the department. FSPD has a small collection of photos on a wall inside the department, but a new project is under way to collect more images of former staff members for a pictorial history of the department.(Jason E. Silvers/Tribune)
The Fort Scott Police Department is looking for photos, and hopefully lots of them, as FSPD officials undertake a pictorial history project.

The department is reaching out to past department members and family members, or friends of past department members in hopes of collecting and compiling a photo history of the department.

"The idea is to collect department history that's scattered throughout our community," FSPD Lt. Shaun West said. "We have a limited amount of department photos, or individual officer photos. We're interested in collecting those photos."

West said police officials are asking that any former officers or department staff, or friends and family of these former staff, look through any old photographs for any pictures of former department members in uniform or performing their duties. Photos can include former police officers, animal control officers, dispatchers, or any other department member. Several years ago, the department hired parking enforcement officers, West said.

"We are interested in photographs of officers, reserves, dispatchers, parking enforcement, city jailers, evidence custodians, animal control officers, clerks and lake patrol officers," West said.

West said the department will also accept old newspaper clippings or "anything we can scan in for a pictorial history of our department," adding no photos have been received yet. Once collected, all photos and information will be posted on the department's Facebook page.

"The premise of the project is to get people to scan and email so they can be sorted through ... and we can get anything department-related on our Facebook page," he said.

Anyone with submissions can scan and email them to West at swest@fscity.org, or contact him at the department to have the photographs scanned. Submissions can also be brought to the department, located in the Hawkins Public Safety Building at 1604 S. National Ave. Call West at (620) 223-1700 to arrange a time to bring in the photos.

West said he will also provide more information or answer any questions people may have about the project.

"It's a simple project where we can collect history that may otherwise be lost," he said.

The department's Facebook page is located at www.facebook.com/FortScottPD.

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