Keith Badger was born on October 5, 1956. He went to school in Owen Sound at West Hill Secondary School. Keith decided quite early that he wanted to go into policing when he worked at his parents gas station pumping gas as he met members of the OPP while servicing cruisers, as well as the cars of off duty officers.
Detective Constable Badger joined the OPP on September 10, 1979 and worked first in Downsview. While Keith did a much-appreciated imitation of the characters in the TV detective show Barney Miller to amuse colleagues, he also began to gain notice in real criminal work. He received commendation from Commissioner O'Grady for intervention in a criminal offence in Mississauga while off duty. He received approbation for his above-average knowledge and skill in criminal work.
In May of 1998 he became a detective constable and went to the Caledon Crime Unit. He became the lead officer on the Robbery Response Team and the group achieved a one hundred percent clearance rate.
On December 9, 1998 D/Constable Badger had every reason to feel satisfied. He had just concluded a lengthy murder investigation and made an arrest. At this point the highly successful career of the nineteen-year veteran came to a close. He was involved in a motor vehicle collision on a side road west of Toronto while driving an unmarked OPP vehicle. He died at the scene of the accident.
Keith Badger was survived by his wife.