Thursday Dec 18 2008 comments Battle of the Badges By: Auburn Journal photography by Ben Furtado -A +A Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalDave Keyes, of the Placer County Sheriff department sends his message during the battle by cleaning the clock of the CHP. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalCalifornia Highway Patrol mascot Chippy, gets friendly with Zachary Watrous, 2, and his grandmother Kathy Biggi, from Grass Valley, during the Battle of the Badges competition Thursday. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalZachary Watrous plays a game of peek-a-boo with Chippy. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalMcGruff the crime dog and volunteers Marilyn Chapman and Jack Warren, back, representing the Auburn police department, ring bells in front of Savemart at the Old Town Center for Battle of the Badges. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalPlacer County Sheriff Lieutenant Kevin Borden participates for Battle of the Badges competition with his horse Pete in front of Bel Air Thursday morning. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalSanta toured the Bel Air parking lot waving out the sun roof of the Placer County Sheriff Hummer. Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalCHP officer Rich Schwieger shakes hands with Helen Cameron from Todd Valley after she donated a couple bucks for the Salvation Army during Battle of the Badges at Bel Air Thursday morning.