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Challenge coin commemorates APP
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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This is what the reverse side of the challenge coin looks like, showing the Alberta Provincial Police detachment in Coleman in the foreground and Constable Stephen Lawson, who was killed in 1922, in the back.
Herald Contributor
A Challenge Coin commemorating the 100 anniversary of the founding of the Alberta Provincial Police (APP) and the opening of the restored Alberta Provincial Police Barracks Building in Coleman has just been released as a fundraising project for the Crowsnest Historical Society.
The obverse of the coin features the crest of the Alberta Provincial Police, which was formed in 1917 and served as Alberta’s police force until 1932.

On the reverse is an image of the Coleman detachment of the APP and of Constable Stephen Lawson who was murdered in front of the building in 1922 during a confrontation with bootlegger Emilio Picariello and Florence Lassandro.

The restored building was officially opened on June 29, 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday and the 100 anniversary of the founding of the Alberta Provincial Police.
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The building, which is an Alberta Historic Resource, features a major exhibit to tell the story of the Alberta Provincial Police, the Prohibition Era, the shooting of Constable Lawson, and the trial, sentencing and hanging of Picariello and Lassandro.

The building, located at 7809-18 Avenue in Coleman, is open to the public and operated by the Crowsnest Museum during regular museum hours.

The APP challenge coin concept and design was created by Ken Montgomery, a retired Edmonton Police Service detective, who currently resides in Medicine Hat. Montgomery approached the Crowsnest Historical Society to commission this commemorative item as a fundraising project for the society to support the restoration of the APP building and exhibit.
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A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. They arise from a military tradition where one soldier would attend a pub and challenge a fellow member to a round of drinks by laying his regimental coin on the bar. If the challenged member failed to produce his coin, he bought. If he did produce it, it was the challenger who bought.

The commemorative APP challenge coin is available to purchase for $19.99 at the Crowsnest Museum Gift Shop (7701-18 Avenue, Coleman). It also may be purchased on eBay.
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