Finger Prints Through Time

The Guelph Police Services has released, ‘Fingerprints Through Time – A History of the Guelph Police’.

This is not your typical history book.  Police Sergeant Douglas Pflug, head of media and communications for the Guelph Police Services, pitched the idea to Council just under a year ago.

Doug was inspired by a July 2008 Guelph Mercury article by Nicole Visschedyk, who wrote about “Firsts in Guelph”.  Nicole noted that the Guelph Police Service were the first to have a patrol officer on a motorcycle and to have two-way radios in patrol cars.

The article sparked an interest in the need to record Guelph’s history. Doug suggested the idea to City Council and to a police committee and got immediate approval.

The book’s authors are Guelph City Councilor Leanne Piper, and retired Mercury writers Bob Rutter and John D’Alton. The book rallied the Guelph Police family with retired officers and families contributing a lot of photos and stories. The Guelph Museum, the Guelph Historical Society and the Guelph Library also helped with the book.

The title, ‘Fingerprints Through Time’, is linked to the cover of the book which features the first fingerprint ever taken of a Guelph citizen in 1827, the founding year of the city.

Printed locally by Ampersand Printing, the book will be ready for purchase Dec 1st and will retail for $32.00 tax included. Copies are available at the Bookshelf Bookstore, Guelph Police Service through Doug Pflug at: 519-824-1212 ext# 253 or or Juanita Allsop at 519-824-1212 at ext #286 or and the Guelph Museum.


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