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Boston (Mass.). Police Department

 Organization

Historical note

Chapter 5 of the Acts of 1761-1762 established a watch for the safety and better securing the good order of the Town of Boston. Chapter 110 of the Acts of 1821 vested in the Mayor and Aldermen the administration of the police formerly exercised by the Selectmen. Chapter 123 of the Acts of 1838 granted the Mayor and Aldermen the power to appoint police officers with all or any of the powers of the constables except the power of serving and executing any civil process.

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Abandoned or Derelict Automobile reports

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 5000.013
Scope and Contents Includes Public Works Department copies of abandoned or derelict automobile reports with photographs attached.
Dates: 1984-1985

Index of victuallers

 Item — Volume: 1
Identifier: 0600.002
Scope and Contents One index volume of licenses granted for victuallers, 1878-1879. Includes date, name and address.
Dates: 1878-1879

Law Department files relating to Democratic National Convention

 Series
Identifier: 0700.038
Scope and Contents Law Department files relating to Democratic National Convention, 2004 including MOUs.
Dates: 1996-2004; bulk 2004

Licenses for intoxicating liquors

 Series
Identifier: 0600.003
Scope and Contents Includes records of licenses issued and indexes to licenses filed initially with the Board of License Commissioners and then with the Police Commissioner.
Dates: 1875-1885

Payroll records

 Series
Identifier: 2200.018
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous records documenting payroll for various departments. Includes Fire Department, 1829-1868 with gaps; Schools, 1833-1870 with gaps; Police, 1869-1870; Water Works, 1869-1870; Chestnut Hill Reservoir, 1868-1869; Lamps, 1869-1870; Paving, 1869-1870; Health, 1868-1869, Auditing, 1875-1885; Welfare, 1920-1923; and Institutions, 1922-1923.
Dates: circa 1829-1923

Police Department annual reports and publications

 Series
Identifier: 0600.006
Scope and Contents Includes annual reports of the Police Commissioner for 1871, 1910, 1927, 1933-1934, 1936, 1939, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1958-1960, 1962-1970, 1974-1976, 1999 and 2007; annual reports of the Boston Police Relief Association for 1911, 1913-1915, 1918-1920, 1922-1925, and 1927-1928; street directory, 1938 and circa 1970s-1980s; and miscellaneous reports and surveys.
Dates: 1870-1999

Police Department photographs

 Series
Identifier: 0600.004
Scope and Contents Photograph of Boston Police Class, 1945 January 6.
Dates: 1945

Police Department rules and regulations

 Series
Identifier: 0600.007
Scope and Contents Includes printed Rules and Regulations of the Boston Police Department from 1899, 1903, 1909, 1921, 1927, 1941 and 1950; Rules and Procedures, 1992; and Rules and Regulations for Hackney Carriages from 1948.
Dates: 1898-1950

Police Fund records

 Series
Identifier: 2400.011
Scope and Contents By ordinance passed June 17, 1870, all monies received by police officers for fees as witnesses and paid by them into the City Treasury would be kept as a separate fund and be invested and managed by the Mayor, City Auditor and City Treasurer. The income of said fund would be applied to the relief of persons who received an honorable discharge from the Police force by reason of sickness, age or other inability and in necessitous circumstances and also to the relief of widows and orphans of...
Dates: 1871-1890

Programs

 Series
Identifier: 0600.005
Scope and Contents Boston Police Relief Association Annual Ball and Concert program, 1941.
Dates: 1941

Retirement orders

 Series — Volume: 1
Identifier: 0600.001
Scope and Contents One volume of retirement orders received by the Auditing Department from the Board of Police, 1878-1903. Includes form documenting name of officer retired, placement on pension roll and amount to be received.
Dates: 1878-1903

Riot cases

 Collection
Identifier: 0700.020
Scope and Contents note This series contains a wide variety of documents relating to both the 1967 and 1968 riots, including but not limited to: fire reports, auditor reports, case law, police journals, and damage claims. All files are created and organized by the original creator, Theodore R. Stanley, who acted as Assistant Corporation Counsel. Mr. Stanley represented several businesses in the Blue Hill Avenue of Roxbury, many of whom still exist, who were bringing a suit to the city for damage compensation following...
Dates: 1967-1972