In the early 1900’s, the most identifiable member of the Salt Lake Police Department was a white fox terrier named Bunjo. The small dog stood watches with officers, answered roll calls, and marched out with shift changes. Bunjo even had his own police badge. His career ended in 1916, when he returned from patrol and died beside the sergeant’s desk. Refusing to part with their pal, officers entrusted his body to a taxidermist. For years thereafter, the little white dog was a fixture in the station. Eventually, he was moved to a back room, and from there into the custody of a retired officer. Today, Bunjo is missing. The Salt Lake Police Department would like to bring him home.
Like Bunjo, much of Utah's law enforcement history is in danger of being lost forever. Join us at noon on October 28th at the Utah State Archives as Robert Kirby shares his thoughts on the value of historic records in our everyday lives. This will be followed by an event to raise awareness of the value of historic records and archival preservation issues. We are inviting any and all members of Utah’s past and present law enforcement community to bring in historic items and memories to share. Some of these items may take a permanent place in the Utah Law Enforcement Collection that Kirby and members of the Utah State Historical Society and Utah State Archives are helping develop. The goal of this project is to preserve the records, artifacts, and stories of enduring value from members of Utah’s law enforcement community.
Building the Utah Law Enforcement Historical Record Collection
Bunjo was last seen with Al Rogers November 18, 1971. If you know the whereabouts of Bunjo, please contact us at 801-533-3550. Together, we can find a new, loving home for Bunjo.