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Cumberland, Maryland (Police Department)

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1. What was the organization of the Cumberland Police Department? How has this organization changed over the years?

Law enforcement in Cumberland began with the night watch, the roundsman, the town constable, and the bailiff.

On March 1, 1852, the Cumberland City Council passed an ordinance to establish a night watch, and appointed a captain and six watchmen.

On June 27, 1898, Black policeman Edwards made his first arrest, being that of a man who fired a gun from the Valley Street Bridge.

On July 10, 1899, the present Cumberland Police Department was composed of fifteen men.

On July 13, 1899, Chief of Police Marcellus Martin asked the City Council to increase the Cumberland police Department to twenty men.

On June 3, 1902, among the fifteen men appointed to the Cumberland Police Department was a Hack man, Thomas G. Washington.

On December 24, 1910, the Cumberland Police Department consisted of twenty-four men, including Police Chief Harry Irvine and Assistant Chief John Treiber.

On March 26, 1912, the Cumberland Police Department consisted of twenty-five men.

On April 4, 1914, 105 men applied for jobs with the Cumberland Police Department.

In 1914, two motorcycle police officers were added to the Cumberland


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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