1900 to 1950

Circa 1900-
        At about the turn of the Century, the department grew to 25 regular Patrolmen, and 25 Supernumerary Patrolmen. During this time, a telephone "Police Call Box" system was set-up for direct communications between the beat Patrolmen and Police Headquarters. The Call Boxes were placed at numerous locations throughout the city with a light above the Call Box to signal a call to the beat officer. For itís time, this was a very up-to-date communications system.  A modern form of that basic system is still in use today. Utilizing contemporary equipment, it supplements the current two-way radio system and wireless in-car computerized communications.


1928 Ė
        In 1928, then Captain Thomas P. Murphy, made a study of fingerprint identification, and then added that specialized service to the Department. Captain Murphy later became the Chief of Police.
        Shortly thereafter, a teletype-writer was installed at Police Headquarters. The Police Teletype System then linked the Department to 22 other police departments throughout the State of Connecticut.  A modern day computerized system now links the Department with all law enforcement agencies in North America, and world-wide through Interpol.
        This period also saw the addition of two "Motor patrols," which supplemented the traditional Foot Patrolmen in patrolling the streets of the city.

  Circa 1930-
        During the late 1920ís, 1930ís and early 1940ís, one-way and then two-way police radios were installed in patrol vehicles. This gave the motorized patrolmen fast and direct communications with Police Headquarters.

Traffic Officer Valarelli - 1949


1952 to 1970