Trenton Reports 1937



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The most conspicuous activity of the police service was the accomplishments of the traffic bureau. Taking advantage of the recommendations in a comprehensive report prepared by the Citizen’s Advisory Board on Safety and Traffic, this bureau cut Trenton’s “personal injury accidents” from 543 in 1936, to 474 in 1937.

     The title of this report, “Accident Experience in Trenton for the Past Four Years,” is suggestive of its scope and purpose. Its information was responsible for a change in the hours of duty or our motorcycle patrol in order that the greatest possible man power might be brought into service to cope with the dangers existing during the high accident hours.

     The data pointed out the intersections and places of greatest peril and, by order of the chief of police, radio cars were directed to give added supervision at these locations. As a result, each month since April the department has been able to show a reduction in personal injury accidents compared with the same month in the previous year.



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     A marked improvement in the enforcement of traffic regulations is likewise noted. Parking violations number 6,537 as compared with 4,022 in 1936. Moving violators apprehended – and these are the ones who cause accidents – numbered 2,395 as compared with 776 in 1936.

     The school safety patrol reports that thirty-six of our schools have maintained their unmarred “no accident” records.

Arrests for the year numbered 12,902, an increase of almost 3000. This figure does not include the several hundred juveniles taken into custody during the year and turned over to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

     Recognizing the value of preventive and curative methods in matters affecting the welfare of juveniles who are in danger, a social agency, the Bureau of Juvenile Aid, under the supervision of a police lieutenant, has been established. With the development of the work of this bureau great progress should follow in the suppression of crime.



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Oddities in police radio are comparable with oddities in the news. Typical of the happenings is the case of a call stating the emergency requirement of a doctor. A certain family had been unable to get a physician and called police radio for help. Car Number 14 was dispatched, and the officers, observing conditions, rushed to McKinley Hospital and brought an interne, who immediately delivered a baby. Then, there was the case of the resident who had left fifty dollars in his overalls that he had given to the a cleaner. The description obtained by the police was that the garment had been given to a man operating a green truck some yellow lettering on it. The alarm was given at 10.17 A.M.   At 10.19 A.M. car Number 7 reported truck stopped and within five minutes of the receipt of the call the money had been returned to the owner. These are incidents aside from the daily apprehension of petty thieves and hardened criminals. Police radio cars answered 13,779 alarms and the corresponding cruising mileage was recorded at 260,223 miles.



Municipal Directory [In Part - Police only]

Department of Public Safety
William A. DoolingChief of Police
Edward J. BarryCapt. - 1st Dist.
Johnson B. KonoverCapt. - 2nd Dist.
John J. RyanCapt. of Traffic
Martin P. Devlin Judge Police Court
Charles J. FalceyClerk Police Court
Dr. Thomas J. WalshFire and Police Surgeon