Trenton Reports 1936

 


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Police Department

Employs 229 full time.     Expenditures $499,595.09

     The two-way police radio system inaugurated on May 28 marked the beginning of a new era in crime prevention and police service in Trenton. The official call letters of the station are W3XFK. Fifty men comprise the radio section, with six motor patrol zones, three in each police precinct. In each zone a radio car manned by two policemen cruises 24 hours daily. The crew of each car changes after eight hours duty.

     This two-way radio telephone system provides instantaneous communication with police headquarters and speedy contact with the public when a crime has been committed. In the first seven months of its existence radio cars responded to 7,885 police alarms. The greater portion of calls were to scenes of crime, to apprehend criminals, speeders, hit and run drivers and to answer fire alarms. Since its adoption, citizens have commended this modern type of police service and readily recognize its potential advantages and the improved service rendered. On an average, it takes but two minutes for a radio car to arrive at the scene of an emergency call.

     Arrests for the year number 9,070, an increase of nearly 3,000 over 1935. This figure, however, does not include the several hundred juveniles taken into custody during the year and forthwith turned over to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, as required by law. More than half of the total arrests, or 5,424, were on account of violations of the State Motor Vehicle Act, the State Traffic Act and the City Traffic Ordinance.

     Arrests for drunkenness showed an increase of almost 200 over the previous year—1,229 as against 1,063 for 1935. Thirty-six of these were for drunken driving.

Police Radio brings to the scene of an emergency in a few minutes
two or more trained officers properly equipped.
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Pistol Range and Target Pit.+ enlarge

     The department was successful in recovering and returning to their rightful owners 187 of 364 automobiles reported stolen. The recoveries represent a value of $58,111.

     After a lapse of several years, police training school activities were resumed under the supervision of a trained instructor. A six-weeks' period of daily instructions is given the men. The curriculum covers State laws, city ordinances, police rules and regulations, scientific investigation, fingerprinting, administration, accident prevention and motor vehicle laws. The training program also includes classes in pistol practice, under the supervision of a small arms instructor, physical training, first aid and life saving.

ARRESTS DURING 1936

Atrocious Assault
Auto Theft
Burglary
Carrying Concealed Weapons
Disorderly Conduct
Drunk and Disorderly
Embezzlement
Forgery and Counterfeiting
Gambling
Investigation
Intoxicated Driver
Larceny
Liquor Law Violations
Murder
Manslaughter (negligent)
Other Assaults
Offenses Against Family or Children
Prostitution—Commercialized Vice
Rape
Other Sex Offenses
Robbery
Receiving Stolen Property
Traffic Offenses
All Other Offenses
Total
134
126
56
11
531
1,103
6
23
144
332
36
169
188
1
18
177
146
5
7
62
11
24
5424
936
9,670



  

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Traffic Bureau

     A marked improvement in the enforcement of traffic regulations is indicated by the 5,434 arrests for violation of State and city traffic regulations, compared with 2,335 for the last year.

     An accident Prevention Bureau inaugurated during the year is in conformity with the approved standards of the National Safety Council and considerable improvement in the maintenance of accident records is noted.

     The public address car operated by the Traffic Bureau in connection with its accident prevention activities, is used in many ways. Warning pedestrians of the necessity for obedience to traffic officers and signals, aiding citizens during grave emergencies, directing movements and making announcements to crowds at public events are but a few of the uses of this car.

     In 36 of our public and parochial schools, the School Safety Patrol reports a "no accident" record for the year.

SUMMARY OF MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS FOR 1936
Total Motor Vehicle Accidents 1,767
Total Number of Persons Injured 646
Total Number of Persons Killed 19

TYPE OF ACCIDENT
Collision with :
Pedestrian 362
Electric Car 1
Other motor vehicle 1,221
Bicycle 43
Railroad Train 2
Horse-Drawn Vehicle 10
Fixed Object 110
Non-Collision 18
Total 1767

AGES OF PERSONS KILLED
Up to 4 years 1
5 to 14 years 2
15 to 24 years 0
25 to 64 years 10
65 and over 6
Total : 19
AGES OF PERSONS INJURED
Up to 4 years 57
5 to 14 years 154
15 to 24 years 138
25 to 64 years 246
65 and over 51
Total : 646

LOCATION OF ACCIDENT
LocationTOTALFATALNon-Fatal
Property Damage Only
At intersection 939 8 257 674
Not at intersection 826 11 286 529
Not stated      2      0      0      2
Totals 1,767 19 543 1205