CLINTON — An official police patch from the Stuttgart, Germany police department will be displayed in the Clinton Police Department.
Mike Kearney presented the unique patch to Police Chief Brian Guy on Monday, a gift from Ruediger Hanss, of Germany and Switzerland. Kearney explained that Clinton resident Dan Jefferies met Hanss on a cruise and learned the man collects police patches. Hanss’ son, Sebastian, serves as a police officer in Stuttgart.
Jefferies then contacted Kearney about the possibility of getting a Clinton police patch for Hanss. He began working with Guy, who was happy to supply one of the station’s used patches. This weekend, Kearney received the Stuttgart patch and a handwritten note from Hanss thanking him.
“So we have a little bit of a link between the police department there and the police department here,” Kearney said.
Guy plans to put the patch on display in the station’s lobby.