The Arkansas City Police Department has asked the citizens of Arkansas City to assist it in finding the owner of an Air Force Police badge.

The badge was found recently during an investigation of a home in Ark City. It could be from the 1940s or ’50s, according to ACPD.

It is thought that the item could be an heirloom. “A name did appear on the badge with the last name blanked out pending positive identification by the owner,” ACPD stated in a post on its official Facebook page.

Gerald “Scott” Patton, who sits on the board of directors for the Air Force Police Alumni Association and Foundation, responded to the posting.

The foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 organization dedicated to Air Force Police history and current-day support with an online museum, which can be viewed at www.usafpolice.org.

“If you don’t find an owner for this badge … I can make sure that it gets placed in good hands,” he said.

Patton also is a sitting Squadron Commander for one of the police squadrons in the District of Columbia area.

For the time being, anyone who might own the badge should call ACPD Detective Nelson Douglas at (620) 441-6601.