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10 Millimeter
Z. C. Smith  More Info

About the Wichita Police Department:

The Wichita Police Department is the largest Law Enforcement agency in the state of Kansas with 645 commissioned officers and 210 civilian employees.  The first badges purchased by the Wichita Police Department were ordered from the Wichita Novelty House on November 28, 1888.  The City authorized a payment of $19.50 for the badges of the 22 member department. The current badge of the Wichita Police Department is a Entemann-Rovin Co. # 154R and has been in use since 1953.

 

The Wichita Police Department patch has not been changed since the late 1930's and is based on a City Seal from that era. Kansas is known as "The Wheat State" and "The Sunflower State." The sunflower appears in the center of the patch with the initials C of W, for City of Wichita in the center of the flower. The base design of the patch is the shape of a Wheat Sheaf.  The Wichita Police Department has had some notable, historic figures among its ranks.

 

According to Roger Williamson, in Wichita Police Department 1871-2000,  “On April 21, 1875, Wyatt Earp was appointed policeman on the Wichita force, and the appointment entered on the records of the city.  This was the first time that Wyatt Earp’s name appeared in the city’s official records.  Wichita’s police force then consisted of Marshal Mike Meagher, Assistant Marshal John Behrens, Policemen James Cairns and Earp.  The marshal’s salary was $91.66, Behrens earned $75.00, while Cairns and Earp each were paid $60.00 a month.”

 

 

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Z.C. Smith spent over 20 years with the Wichita Police Department before retiring in 2002.  During his tenure, he was a street cop, an investigator (Narcotics/Vice, case detective, gang detective, night [felony] detective) and supervisor.  Z.C. Smith is the author of the fictional novel 10 Millimeter.

 

According to the book description, “10 Millimeter is a police drama set against two very diverse backgrounds...modern day Wichita and colorful 1870s Wichita.  It has been written to be as historically and geographically accurate as was practical which greatly adds dimensionality to both the setting and the main characters and provides the reader with a sense of actually being there.  Adventure, drama, suspense, western flavor, humor, a little romance/sex, and the supernatural all come together to form a story which naturally flows from one page to the next--you’ll find it hard to put down!”

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