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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

From constables to bailiffs to chiefs, a history of Westminster policing

From constables to bailiffs to chiefs, a history of Westminster policing



By Kevin Dayhoff December 14, 2011


More than 90 years ago — on Dec. 6, 1920, to be precise — the Westminster Common Council approved the appointment of two additional "night patrolmen" to the ranks of the Westminster Police Department.

According to an old file copy of the history of the Westminster Police Department, "It was felt that there existed inadequate protection due to the number of frequent 'robberies and bank holdups.' "

The first recorded "constable" in the city's history was William Grumbine, appointed June 20, 1839 — just two days after the city passed its ordinance establishing town constables, according to the police history account.

"Constables were paid 33 1/2 cents for every person apprehended. … They would work from their homes and walk to handle any calls for service." ... http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/neighborhoods/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archive-1218-20111214,0,5350241.story

From constables to bailiffs to chiefs, a history of Westminster policing

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