Denver Police celebrate 160 years with new badge

Commemorative badge given to family of fallen officer


On Feb. 1, the Denver Police Department celebrated 160 years by introducing a commemorative badge honoring the anniversary.

Police Chief Paul Pazen authorized officers to wear the badge, designed by Sgt. Christopher Hoag, throughout 2019. Officers can also buy the badge, according to a news release from the Denver Police Museum.

Unveiling the commemorative badge was the first in a line of events planned throughout 2019 celebrating the milestone, the release said.

On the morning of Feb. 1, the police department presented the anniversary badge to the parents of Celina Hollis, the last Denver officer killed in the line of duty.

Hollis was a seven-year veteran of DPD and worked in District 2. She was working in uniform, but off-duty, at the City Park Jazz Festival on the night of June 24, 2012, when she was shot while responding to a gang fight, according to the release. She died later that night at Denver Health Medical Center.

A gang member was arrested at the scene and convicted for murder after a trial, according to the release.

Hollis, 32, was survived by her daughter, Amyre, who was 12 years old at the time.


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