Trenton Reports 1938


William A. DoolingChief of Police
Edward J. BarryCapt. - 1st Dist.
John B. KonoverCapt. - 2nd Dist.
John J. RyanCapt. of Traffic
Thomas A. CooneyCapt. Detectives
Dr. Thomas J. Walsh
Fire and Police Surgeon

Radio - The establishment of the police radio telephone on May 28, 1936, marked an important event in the life and progress of this bureau. The importance of this unit, with its resultant improved police service to the citizens, is very much emphasized by its effectiveness in


combating modern crime methods and in apprehending criminals. Instantaneous communication with the policemen and the speedy contact with the crime scenes are provided. Citizens from every walk of life have warmly praised and commended this modern

Traffic Squad Lined
up for inspection.

The Radio
Control Room.

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type of police service and readily recognize its potential advantages and the improved service rendered.      Radio is indispensable to this department in its work against modern crime. During the year 1938 police radio cars covered 259,862 miles in patrolling the streets of Trenton, responded to a total of 16,724 police alarms, and answered 598 fire alarms. There were 2,374 persons arrested for various offenses, thirty-eight of whom were "hit-and-run" automobile drivers. Approximately 150 lost children were returned to their homes and the value of recovered property amounted to $17,284.25. The radio police participates in numerous other police activities of importance. The official call letters of the station are WQIZ.

Juvenile Aid Bureau - The creation of a bureau of juvenile aid has been instrumental in checking and controlling the present tendency toward youthful waywardness. Designed to apply preventive or curative measures in all matters affecting delinquent children or those who have problems which may, if not corrected, result in delinquency, the bureau of juvenile aid, under the supervision of a police lieutenant, was established during the year 1937. This bureau is charged with investigating all juvenile cases coming to the attention of the police and outlining a program best suited to the rehabilitation of the delinquent child.

Record Procedure - Modernization of proper police accounting and record procedure was effected in 1936 with the adoption of the system of uniform crime reporting in conformity with the standards recommended by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This system has proved highly essential to efficient police work and constitutes one of the instruments of crime prevention. This fact is demonstrated by the great improvement in the detective division.
     An innovation in the department is the police


school where the men are taught the modern methods of crime prevention trained instructor, a three-week period of daily instructions is given each patrolman once a year. The curriculum covers: State law, city ordinances, police rules and regulations, scientific investigation, fingerprinting, administration, accident prevention and motor vehicle laws. Police training school activities also embrace rigid pistol target practice, physical training, first aid and life saving. Marked improve­ment in the morale and fitness of the men is apparent as a result of this instruction, par­ticularly in the field of pistol practice.

Traffic - The traffic division has shown improvement in the control of traffic and the en­forcement of traffic laws and ordinances, a direct result of the application of scientific methods inaugurated during the past four years.
     Arrests for the year total 12,632, almost three hundred less than the year previous. Seventy-five percent of these arrests, or 8,610, are attributable to violations of the State Motor Vehicle Act, the State Traffic Act and the city traffic ordinance.
     The bureau was successful in recovering and returning to owners one hundred and thirty-three of a total of one hundred and thirty-eight automobiles reported stolen during the year, the recovered automobiles re­presenting a value of $50,011.00.
     The police department is complying strictly with the provisions of the law to control and regulate permits to private citizens to carry a revolver. The character and reputation of all applicants is carefully investigated, and a fingerprint check-up is made with the Federal and State authorities. A constant vigilance is maintained to detect and apprehend persons carrying concealed weapons illegally. Purchasers of revolvers are also required to obtain a police permit and all applicants are investigated as required by law.

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