Annual Reports of the
City Officers of the,
City of Trenton
Year Ending February 29, 1888


  

REPORT

OF THE

POLICE JUSTICES.


To the honorable Common Council of the City of Trenton:

     Report of fines and costs received in the Police Court by John Matheson, Police Justice, for he year from March 1st, 1887, to February 29th, 1888:


     Report of fines and costs received in Police Court by Louis Coutier, Police Justice, during the year from March 1st, 1887, to February 29th, 1888:


  

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REPORT

OF THE

CHIEF OF POLICE,


Trenton, NJ, March 9th, 1888.
To the Honorable the Common Council of the City of Trenton:

     In according with the resolution passes Council on March the 6th, 1888, I present for your consideration a statement of the work done by the department for the fiscal year beginning March 1st, 1887, and ending February 29th, 1888, and other matters incidental thereto.

     Arrests made by the department during the year –

White  males1,469
"   females99
Colored males82
"  females   32
       Total1,682

     The crimes and offenses charged for the arrests were as follows:

Assault

56

Assaulting officer

5

Assault and battery

46


  

46

Assault and resisting

9

     "      with intent

3

     "      and rape

2

Atrocious assault

7

Assault with threats

15

     "      and larceny

5

Begging

66

Breaking and entering

13

Burglary

8

Corner loafing

13

Cruelty to animals

7

Common drunkard

10

Cruelty to children

2

Disorderly and fighting

38

Drunk and vagrancy

26

    "      "   disorderly

277

Disorderly conduct

124

    "           House

14

Drunk and fighting

35

Drunkenness

289

Disorderly

151

Exposure of person

6

Embezzlement

5

Escaped lunatic

1

Entering and stealing

8

Feeble minded

4

Fraud

4

Fighting

19

Highway robbery

3

Held as witness

6

  "    for authorities

4

Insanity

4

Indecent exposure of person

6

Interfering with officer

3

Larceny - petit

46

     "      - grand

4

     "     - from the person

4


  

47

Malicious mischief

25

Non-support of family

4

Resisting officer

2

Reckless driving

7

Riding on cars

15

Runaway boys

7

Swindling

6

Street walker

7

Safe keeping

24

Suspicion

37

Slander

7

Threats

7

Vagrancy and begging

24

    "        

195

Violation of street ordinance

30

     "        "  sanitary ordinance

3

     "        "  excise ordinance

4

 

 

              Total

1,682

     The following names officers are credited with making the arrests:

Chief McChesney

28

Lieutenant Hartman

31

        "       Cleary

37

Sergeant Sweeny

48

       "      Vanhorn

48

Patrolman Caren

5

       "        Klemmer

39

       "        Vanhorn

31

       "        Malloy

2

       "        Ricter

36

       "        O'Hara

72

       "        Leahy

77

       "        Meredith

29

       "        Quigg

38

       "        Maguire

116


  

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Patrolman Pilger

115

       "        Shaw

18

       "        McGowan

47

       "        Mullen

62

       "        Fowler

29

       "        Hartman

43

       "        Smith

35

       "        Beckman

10

       "        Hibbs

33

       "        Traverse

62

       "        Hoffman

19

       "        Randolph

73

       "        Haley

27

       "        Whildey

18

       "        Bailey

35

       "        Clancy

33

       "        Hillman

12

       "        Terry

4

       "        Alcott

6

       "        La Baw

5

Lieutenant Lane

21

Sergeant Laning

22

Patrolmen Beckman and Whildey

3

       "        O'Hara and Vanhorn

1

       "        Hartman and O'Hara

2

Special Officer Greep

14

Detective Mintzhauser

2

Patrolmen Weigand and Quigg

2

       "        Smith and Fowler

1

Special Officer Terry

7

Patrolmen Leahy and Fowler

2

Special Officer Pedro

1

Sergeant Laning and squad

31

Patrolmen Maguire and Pilger

3

Sergeant Laning and Patrolman Terry

3

Special Officer Lindley

31

Patrolmen Whildey and Mullen

1


  

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Lieutenant Cleary and Patrolman Randolph

2

Patrolmen Fowler and Maguire

1

       "        Hibbs and Hartman

1

       "        Klemmer and Mullen

1

       "        Clancy and Traverse

3

       "        Hartman and Smith

1

       "        McGowan and Traverse

2

Constable Wheeler

2

Patrolmen Haley and Randolph

2

       "        Meredith and Quigg

1

Overseer Kersey

2

Patrolmen Vanhorn and Klemmer

1

       "        Randolph and Smith

1

       "        Bailey and Haley

1

Special Officer Siddall

1

Sergeant Laning and Patrolman Vanhorn

1

Patrolmen Leahy and Smith

1

Lieutenant Lane and Patrolman Traverse

3

Special Officer Noolan

3

Lieutenant Lane and Sergeant Sweeny

3

Special Officer Zerman

3

Patrolmen Traverse and Fowler

1

Sergeant Laning and Patrolman Randolph

1

Constables Whitlock and Terry

1

Patrolmen Vanhorn and Maguire

1

Conductor Ludlow

2

Patrolmen Meredith and Haley

1

Sergeant Laning and Patrolman Maguire

1

Lieutenant Lane and Patrolman Smith

1

Patrolmen Mullen and Maguire

3

Inspector McGuire

2

Patrolmen Clancy and Haley

2

Special Officer Dickinson

1

Patrolmen O'Hara and Hartman

1

       "        Clancy and Leahy

2

       "        Vanhorn and Randolph

4

       "        Quigg and Traverse

1


  

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Patrolmen Pilger and Shaw

1

       "        Leahy and Maguire

1

       "        Traverse and O'Hara

1

       "        Klemmer and Shaw

1

Constable Disbrow

1

Patrolmen Shaw and Hoffman

1

       "        O'Hara and Maguire

2

       "        Ricter and Randolph

2

Lieutenant Hartman and detail

9

Sergeant Sweeny and Patrolman Leahy

10

Special Officer Auer

1

Constable Lane

2

      "        Cappel

1

Sergeant Vanhorn and Patrolman Traverse

2

Patrolmen Clancy and Mullen

2

Special Officer Sweeny

2

Patrolman Randolph and Special Officer Greep

5

Patrolmen Leahy and Mullen

2

       "        Whildey and Beckman

1

Sergeant Sweeny and Patrolman Fowler

2

Constable Davis

2

Patrolmen Maguire and Hartman

2

Inspector Howard

1

Sergeant Vanhorn and Patrolman Pilger

3

Special Officer Adams

1

Patrolmen Hartman and Vanhorn

1

       "        O'Hara and Weigand

1

       "        Maguire and Traverse

6

Sergeant Vanhorn and squad

1

Patrolmen Baily and Randolph

1

Special Officer Granett

1

Patrolmen Weigand and Maguire

2

Patrolmen Vanhorn and Leahy

4

Sergeant Sweeny and Patrolman Traverse

3

Patrolmen Clancy and Mullen

1

       "        Leahy and Pilger

1

Special Officer Clancy

5


  

51

Patrolman Traverse and squad

19

Special Officer Cranby

2

Sergeant Vanhorn and squad

17

Patrolmen La Baw and McCully

2

 

 

                      Total

1,682

     The members of the department who resigned during the year were as follows:

Lieutenant John E. Lane
Sergeant Stephen O. Laning
Patrolman John Caren
       "        Jacob Hoffman
       "        Aaron Shaw
       "        James Meredith
       "        Charles Hillman
       "        Joseph Terry
       "        Charles Carter
       "        Joseph Clancy
      Total, 10

     The present organization of the department consists of the following officers: A Chief, 2 Lieutenants, 2 Sergeants and 25 Patrolmen. Total, 30.

     The total cost of maintaining the department during the year, including garbage contract, $28,145.24.

     The total amount of fines collected by the Police Justice during the year, $1,785.25.

     In closing this report I desire to call your attention to the importance of having a Rougues’ Gallery connected with the department. In other cities it has proved to be the most effectual method of detecting criminals, such as thieves, pickpockets, burglars, confidence men and many other noted crooks. By having a gallery of local and foreign thieves, where the officers can become familiar with their faces, leads to many important arrests, and the cost would be trifling compared to the benefits to be derived from it.


  

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     One other matter I would present for your consideration. That is, the increasing demand for protection of churches, weddings, funerals, balls, private parties, street parades and for many other purposes. And while I am fully aware that any proposition looking toward an increase of the police force is met with disfavor, as being unnecessary, yet I am fully warranted in saying that the present force is not sufficient to give the protection that the rapid growth of our city calls for.

     The general conduct of the force has been commendable, and the best evidence of their efficiency in the discharge of their duties is shown by the report presented.

     I desire to acknowledge the counsel of the Mayor as the head of the department, and your honorable body for the aid you have rendered the department during the year. And the Police Committee, who are deserving of more than special mention for the time they have devoted and the interest taken to make the department both efficient and creditable to the city. And as a whole, may the department ever be able to present a clear and honorable record.

          I remain yours,
                   Chas H. McChesney,
                          Chief of Police.