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Boston (Mass.). Police Department


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 3 Collections and/or Records:

Police Department rules and regulations

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


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