atm-logoWhere did the idea for a star-shaped lawman’s badge originate?

Lavonn Jensen
Pine City, Minnesota

Primitive societies believed the star possessed magical powers, guarding against danger and controlling evil forces. Down through the ages, the star maintained that symbol of guardianship and was adopted by peace officers as a badge for that reason.

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