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Photos: Badass Aurora cops during the '70s

Last month, we offered up "Badass Aurora cops during the '80s," based on some amazing, vintage shots newly shared by the Aurora Police Department on its Facebook page.

Now, the APD has done it again, rounding up vivid images from the previous decade, when cop dramas from The New Centurions to Serpico were captivating the nation's moviegoers -- and these pics fit right in. Check them out below, complete with captions and credit info from the department.

"K-9 training in 1976. Credit: Denver Post."
"K-9 training in 1976. Credit: Denver Post."
"Mrs. Lorraine Denisuk operates a teletype device which is used to keep the Aurora Police Department in contact with the network of national law enforcement. From the Denver Post in 1971. "
"Mrs. Lorraine Denisuk operates a teletype device which is used to keep the Aurora Police Department in contact with the network of national law enforcement. From the Denver Post in 1971. "
"1974: The Police Department purchased a Bell 47 helicopter for $14,000 of which $7,000 was donated by the community and created the Aviation Support Unit. It flew the entire metro area for about three years and was finally taken out of service due to high operating costs. During 1975 the unit flew 610 accident free hours. It was instrumental in the recovery of property, apprehension of suspects, and even assisted a commercial airliner when it thought it was having landing gear problems on approach to Stapleton Airport. The Chief pilot was Patrolman Kenneth Petersen who was assisted by Patrolman Frank Troester, Patrolman Don Poor and Patrolman Tom Lancaster."
"1974: The Police Department purchased a Bell 47 helicopter for $14,000 of which $7,000 was donated by the community and created the Aviation Support Unit. It flew the entire metro area for about three years and was finally taken out of service due to high operating costs. During 1975 the unit flew 610 accident free hours. It was instrumental in the recovery of property, apprehension of suspects, and even assisted a commercial airliner when it thought it was having landing gear problems on approach to Stapleton Airport. The Chief pilot was Patrolman Kenneth Petersen who was assisted by Patrolman Frank Troester, Patrolman Don Poor and Patrolman Tom Lancaster."
"Patrolman Bill Cox "zaps" a passing vehicle. Cox says Aurora radar guns are accurate within one mile per hour. From the Denver Post, 1977."
"Patrolman Bill Cox "zaps" a passing vehicle. Cox says Aurora radar guns are accurate within one mile per hour. From the Denver Post, 1977."

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"From the Denver Post:: More efficiency and improved communication are results of new facilities for the Aurora Police Department."
"From the Denver Post:: More efficiency and improved communication are results of new facilities for the Aurora Police Department."
"Left to Right: Patrolman Michael Salvador, Jim McEwen, Sergeant Rudy Johnson, and Patrolwoman Pam Cool. This photo was used by the department to recruit new officers."
"Left to Right: Patrolman Michael Salvador, Jim McEwen, Sergeant Rudy Johnson, and Patrolwoman Pam Cool. This photo was used by the department to recruit new officers."
"1971 Aurora Police Department Pistol Team. Photo from the Denver Post."
"1971 Aurora Police Department Pistol Team. Photo from the Denver Post."
"Agents Jere Stahl, Ray Aaro, and Sergeant Bill Herman."
"Agents Jere Stahl, Ray Aaro, and Sergeant Bill Herman."

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"Academy Class 73-1."
"Academy Class 73-1."
"Radio Controlled Fireworks Patrol by Citizens Band Planned corrdinating plans with Ralph Vickery (center). Aurora Citizens Band Radio Group are LIeutenant Nathan Wycoff (left) and Captain Bruce Hall. Photo from the Denver Post, 1970."
"Radio Controlled Fireworks Patrol by Citizens Band Planned corrdinating plans with Ralph Vickery (center). Aurora Citizens Band Radio Group are LIeutenant Nathan Wycoff (left) and Captain Bruce Hall. Photo from the Denver Post, 1970."
Photos: Badass Aurora cops during the '70s
Photos: Badass Aurora cops during the '70s

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Photos: Badass Aurora cops during the '70s
Photos: Badass Aurora cops during the '70s
Photos: Badass Aurora cops during the '70s
"Chief Putnam & Officer Gary Davis."
"Chief Putnam & Officer Gary Davis."

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"Reserve officer unit."
"Reserve officer unit."
"Sergeant Roberts swing shift team at the old police station at 16th & Elmira Street in 1976: Front Row: Patrolman John Brungardt,Rudy Sasina, Gary Peterson, Martin Duffala, John Daniel, John Cadam and Sergeant Lloyd Roberts. Back row: Patrolman Ivan Cox, Patrolman Robert Ukowich,Agent Ron Sanders, Patrolman Robert Gordon, Stan Thomas, and Maurice Dismukes."
"Sergeant Roberts swing shift team at the old police station at 16th & Elmira Street in 1976: Front Row: Patrolman John Brungardt,Rudy Sasina, Gary Peterson, Martin Duffala, John Daniel, John Cadam and Sergeant Lloyd Roberts. Back row: Patrolman Ivan Cox, Patrolman Robert Ukowich,Agent Ron Sanders, Patrolman Robert Gordon, Stan Thomas, and Maurice Dismukes."
"Reserve Captain Gene Papineau."
"Reserve Captain Gene Papineau."
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